The Braucol Domaine Les Cantous 2017 is produced by Robert and Bernard Plageoles, they are Gaillac’s most renowned producers. They own the Domaine des Tres Cantous, which means “three hearths.” The Tres Cantous vineyards cover 20 hectares. Robert and Bernard are committed to using Gaillac’s obscure varietals rather than better known and more accessible varietals. Like most producers in Gaillac, the Plageoles brothers make a sparkling wine, several dry white wines, a couple of red wines, and a number of sweet wines. They also make a Vin de voile — somewhat similar to a vin jaune from Jura.
Bernard is continuing the work of his father Robert, who is an outspoken advocate for natural wine with a centuries-old approach to winemaking. Robert researched and replanted over a dozen varieties indigenous to Gaillac that had all but vanished. The Plageoles are one of the oldest winemaking families in the AOC and they are thoroughly invested in retaining the traditions and quality for which this oft-overlooked AOC is now receiving well-deserved praise.
This vineyard uses a traditional “Gobelet” training method. And applies natural farming techniques with no chemical fertilizers, no weed killers, no synthetic products, no cultured yeasts and no chaptalisation…Organically grown and made with indigenous yeasts, these are wines that harken back France of yore, when appellations didn’t overlap and each region had a unique identity. Braucol is the local name for Fer Servadou or Mansois, and the Plageoles version has notes of black fruits with fine spice.
Braucol Domaine Les Cantous has a bright savoury nose, notes of gravel, earth, spice. Further red fruit notes of cranberry and red cherry in combination with a delicious acidity. Bro Cool is light in alcohol and has very soft tannins. If you are wondering about the Bro Cool name, this is Frenglish for Braucol, which is the single grape of which this wine is made!