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A WHITE WINE FROM PROVENCE

GAVAISSON

In the heart of Provence, Gavaisson is a bastion of peace and serenity over which Gerda Than has presided for more than twenty years. It is a place hovering on the boundary between dream and reality. A unique place where thousand-year-old traditions are combined with state-of-the-art technology. A place where flowing waters spring from Mother Earth; where light shimmers against the vines and the rolling hills that recede into the sky. A place where golden olive trees stand before 300-year-old oaks; where vines are cultivated but the woods grow wild.

Gavaisson is a place where nymphs and fauns might dance a Provençal dance to the chimes of the waterfall and the chant of the wind. A place where the flowers of the Mediterranean are encased like jewels in tiny rock gardens or nestle on the mossy banks of the canal and sweet-flowing streams. It’s a place of laughter, song, and dance… Yes, Gavaisson, is home to every shape and form, to every style of garden.

 It’s a place of yin and yang, black and white – a kaleidoscope of light and dark, brightness and shadow. A place, it’s said, where owls and boars dance a ghostly gavotte to the sound of the old mill’s creaking cogs – though only when the moon is full…

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Babou, born on May 1st, 1998

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In Greek, Gavaisson* signifies an arrival in a promised land.

*Gaia (land) and baisson (arrived, reached)

„ALL GAVAISSON PRODUCTS ARE GROWN IN CERTIFIED
ORGANIC CONDITIONS.

Emmanuel Gaujal

THE VINEYARD

The vines at Gavaisson were planted around twenty years ago in pebbly ground, rich in white limestone and containing just enough clay to ensure the vines reach maturity in the sunny days of September.

At Gavaisson, we let excellence speak for itself, with no need for clever experiments. That’ s the richness of the Gavaisson white wine, made from carefully selected grapes which are grown on just eleven specially prepared terraces.

The Rolle (or Vermentino) grape was chosen for its complexity of flavour when harvested at full maturity, while the Semillon lends a certain structure and fullness of body. Each grape is appreciated for what it can bring and is therefore grown and treated in the most natural way possible. In fact, everything is done to promote a natural ecological balance – a balance that helps to harmonise all the elements involved in the production of the Gavaisson white wines.

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ALL GAVAISSON PRODUCTS ARE GROWN IN CERTIFIED ORGANIC CONDITIONS.

OVER THE COURSE OF THE FOLLOWING MONTHS, THE WINE IS GIVEN CONSTANT CARE AND ATTENTION TO ENSURE THAT ITS SPECIAL FLAVOUR AND DELICATE BALANCE CAN DEVELOP.

OUR WINE CELLAR

Built in a former sheepfold, the cellar houses state-of-the-art wine-making equipment within a design of traditional wood and stone. It’s a place where Gavaisson white wines are produced on the basis of noble traditions combined with modern techniques.

In the early mornings of September, the grapes are picked and carefully placed in small crates to prevent them from being spoiled or overheating. They are then quickly sorted and pressed to avoid any danger of oxidation, before the juice is collected in stainless-steel vats which are separated into batches of either free-run or pressed juice. These are chilled to less than 10°C so that static clarification (or settling) can take place.

After racking, we allow the alcoholic fermentation process to begin by keeping wine at a temperature of between 15°C and 19°C, partly in the stainless-steel vats, partly in new oak barrels and – from the 2013 vintage onwards – in an oval-shaped, natural cement tank to promote the flow of liquid required for fermentation. Once the turbulence associated with the fermentation process has ceased, the wine is transferred into other tanks or vats so that it can age. Over the course of the following months, the wine is given constant care and attention to ensure that its special flavour and delicate balance can develop.

Emmanuel Gaujal, winemaker

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The miracle involved in the creation of any wine depends on a whole variety of factors. It is, however, the way that the winemaker selects these factors and responds to them that gives a wine its own personality.

It is in the special characteristics that make up its terroir that Gavaisson excels.

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Avant de déboucher la bouteille, regardez-la scintiller. Le grisé de l’étiquette fait encore mieux ressortir sa brillance. Les reflets verts miroitent dans l’ivoire. S’il était peint, ce serait par Fragonard; mis en musique, ce serait par Lully; chanté, ce serait par Verlaine. Un vin de lumière et de joie.

 

Toute l’harmonie et l’équilibre de Gavaisson s’inscrit en filigrane dans son vin: racé et d’une grande finesse, galant et sensuel, noble et puissant. Un vin affectueux et équilibré dans sa structure, complexe et riche dans ses arômes.

Fiche technique:

 

— Vins blancs et, depuis 2011, Cuvée Inspiration et Emotion

— Appellation d’origine Protégée (AOP) Côtes de Provence

— Cépages: Rolle (ou Vermentino) 80 %, Sémillon 20 %

— Vendanges: A maturité optimale, les grappes sont cueillies de façon manuelle en vendange nocturne pour bénéficier de la fraicheur de la nuit avec un tri rigoureux à la vigne et, en cave, sur table de tri.

— Vinification: Pressurage doux (pressoir pneumatique) sur raisins entiers. Débourbage statique au froid puis fermentation à température contrôlée (15°-19°C) en cuves inox, béton ovoïde et barriques de chênes neuves. Soutirage dès la fin des fermentations. Dégustation répétées et assemblage final pour la création des cuvées. Léger collage pour éliminer les protéines instables puis clarification par sédimentation naturelle, et mise en bouteille.

ALONGSIDE WINE, OF COURSE, OLIVE OIL IS THE OTHER SHINING JEWEL
OF MEDITERRANEAN CIVILISATION.

THE OIL

Alongside wine, of course, olive oil is the other shining jewel of Mediterranean civilisation. It was Athena, goddess of knowledge, who gave mankind the olive tree as an example of immortality and growth, power and health, and peace and humanity.

Its oil is the golden essence that flows from the dark but shining fruit, like an onyx offering worshipped by ancient kings. The olive oil of the Gavaisson estate is a blend of the Aglandau olive – a punchy variety with hints of artichoke in its flavour – and the Bouteillan – an intense olive with notes of ripe pear and mown grass.

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The oil is extracted in a way that combines the most up-to-date of methods with the tried and tested techniques of old.

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Domaine de Gavaisson
2487, chemin de Ginasservis
F-83510 Lorgues – Provence
www.gavaisson.fr
info@gavaisson.fr
T +33 (0)4 94 59 53 62
Helipad 43° 30‘ 04‘‘ N 6° 18’ 16‘‘ E

Maguelonne Chodzko
Responsable Commerciale
France – Export
T  +33 (0)4 94 59 53 62
F +33 (0)4 93 93 23 74
M +33 (0)7 63 52 00 07
m.chodzko@gavaisson.fr