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Domaine de Brin, Brin de Temps, Gaillac 2015

Damien Bonnet inherited the 10Ha Domaine de Brin estate in 2008 where previously his father used to make wines for the local cooperative. He champions indigenous Gaillac grape varieties with excellent results.

Fully biodynamic and observes biodiversity in the vineyard. All harvesting is by hand, only wild yeast fermentations are carried out, and minimal if any sulphur is used only at the bottling stage. There is an ongoing programme of weeding of the rows and working of the soil between the vine stock, reflecting Damien's commitment to the health of his vineyards.

Brin du Temps is a blend of Duras 50% and Braucol 50%. 30 year old vines grown on calcareous-clay soils with a south facing aspect.

There is a natural fermentation of around 25 days with manual pigeage in order to encourage the extraction of colour, tannin and flavours. This is followed by 22 months in barrel and then four months in vats. A natural clarifying takes place without fining agents, before bottling without filtration.

The nose offers up red fruits and notes of sweet spices. The palate it is full and fruity, with expressive but silky tannins, good acidity and a pleasant persistence. There is a great freshness to the wine overall.

Ageing potential for this wine or enjoy now with decantation.