Domaine Horgelus , Rouge de Gala Cotes de Gascogne
This Domaine Horgelus red wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, the latter being a local grape variety making rich and powerful reds. The wine has a fabulous concentration with aromas of blackcurrant, licquorice and spices. On the palate it has soft, ripe tannins to support the dark fruit flavours. Smooth and deeply flavoured it is the ideal accompaniment to grilled or roast meats and soft cheeses.
- Country: France
- Region: South West France
- Subregion: Côtes De Gascogne
- Vintage: 2020
- Colour: Red
- Grape Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat
- ABV: 13 %
- Bottle Size: 75cl
- Closure: Screwcap
- Style: Powerful and chewy with soft tannins.
- Drink With: Roast lamb, hearty casseroles, tapas and even spicy curries.
This wine is a thunderous meeting of four great grape varieties. The Merlot gives sweet and savoury notes while the Tannat, the most Gascon of all the grapes, gives power but also elegance. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon give depth and power to this well balanced wine It is packed with perfumes and flavours of small red fruits, bramble and blackcurrant supported by spices. The tannins are soft and round and the palate fresh and vibrant.
Why we like this wine
Bold and beautiful! This is a red wine that drinks well above its price tag and offers both power and depth of flavour while always keeping elegance at the forefront. It is perfectly balanced (fruit, acidity and tannin) and can be drunk with a host of different styles of food.
- Fruity, spicy and mouth-filling
- No oak flavours to obstruct the pure fruit
- A great quaffing wine
- Great with meat and game dishes
- Good at room temperature in winter or cool in summer
About the grower
Domaine Horgelus is situated on the sunny hillsides of Gascony. This region, renowned for centuries thanks to its Armagnac, is now one of the most promising French wine appellations due to the excellent quality of its local wines. This conversion began in the 1980s, blossoming in the 1990s thanks to its ability to consistently produce fresh and aromatic white wines. Today, large numbers of people are also attracted to and are surprised by the quality of the area's red and rosé wines.
Domaine Horgelus was created in 1978 by Joseph Le Menn. Breton by origin, he was attracted by the charm of the South West, its gastronomy and its art of living. The estate includes 66 hectares of vineyard and over 30 hectares of woods and meadows. It is now run by Yoan Le Menn, Joseph's son. In 2004, Yoan, at the tender age of 16, succeeded in becoming individual French Fly Fishing Champion for the first time. He subsequently went on to capture the trophy in 2005 and again in 2006. This competitive aspect of his character and the search for excellence that goes with it make him such a driven and competent winemaker.
Yoan is part of a generation of young winemakers who instinctively understands how to combine the traditional and the modern facets of his craft. He is dedicated to preserving the fresh, fruity aromas of his wines by preventing any form of oxidation during vinification. It is for this reason that the grapes are harvested in the cool of the early morning - from 3 to 11am - and the carbon dioxide generated during the alcoholic fermentation is retained to protect the newly pressed juice from oxygen. Every aspect of his winemaking is designed to preserve the vibrancy and the fruit characters of his wines.