Plageoles Mauzac Nature 2017
Bernard Plageoles is continuing the work of his father Robert, an outspoken advocate for natural wines with a centuries-old approach to winemaking. Robert researched and replanted over a dozen varieties (7 in the Mauzac family alone) 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. They use a special vinification method « gaillacoise » aka “methode Rurale”. This technique involves a single fermentation, without any additional sugar being introduced. The fermentation is stopped by a series of rackings and the wine is bottled before all of the sugar is converted into alcohol. The residual sweetness, therefore, comes entirely from the grapes. After several months, the residual natural sugar starts to re-ferment and this produces the sparkle or bubbles. This process requires great skill to achieve and is more difficult than the Methode Champenoise, which can involve the addition of extra sugar to produce the bubbles. The Gaillac process produces a wine of great originality. The wine is kept on the lees and is not filtered.
The Plageoles family has left its mark on the recent history of Gaillac wine. They continue to produce off the beaten track, wines with a strong personality. The work of the head, heart and hands is reflected today in a range of wines that are absolutely flawless, pure and righteous. “La Revue du Vins de France”
The Plageoles Mauzac Nature has a fine and delicate effervescence. Attractive nose of white flower (acacia), pollen, white pear and apple, there’s a crisp attack on the palate, yet filling out to become supple and fine with floral notes.