Domaine des Terrisses

Brigitte et Alain Cazottes

Gaillac

40 hectares

 

Spread out around the town of Albi, the Gaillac vineyards extend over 73 communes along the Tarn river. The appellation includes significantly different terroirs , the results of different geological strata, which include limestone plateaus, hillside vineyards with limestone and clay soils and alluvial plains with soils of gravel and sand. The climate is more Mediterranean than Atlantic and the vineyards benefit from a warm and dry autumn. The wines can have a balance of concentration and restraint that is rare and the appellation’s local grape varieties enhance the originality of Gaillac’s wines.

Domaine des Terrisses has been the property of the Cazottes family since 1750. The vineyard is situated along the “Premiere Cotes” of Gaillac, the hillsides facing south-southwest toward the Tarn river. The vineyard is planted almost entirely with the traditional grape varieties of the region; Mauzac and Len de L’ehl for the whites and Braucol and Duras for the reds. Domaine des Terrisses offers a wide range of wines which is typical of the Gaillac appellation and is a reminder of the region’s long historical and cultural links with wine.

 




Domaine des Terrisses Rosé  


The Rosé is produced using the saignée method. It is a blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Braucol and 25% Duras. The Syrah is directly pressed and the Braucol and Duras see a maceration lasting about 12 hours. Varieties are vinified separately and assembled after fermentation.

Domaine des Terrisses Blanc Sec

The Blanc Sec is produced from a blend of 40% Loin de L'oeil, 40% Mauzac and 20% Sauvignon Blanc from vines at the base of a band of eastern facing hillsides known as the Premieres Côtes. Juice from the first pressing is used and fermentation is in temperature controlled tanks. The wine rests on its lees until bottling, which is done toward the end of the spring.

 

Domaine des Terrisses Rouge

The Rouge is produced from a blend of 50% Braucol, 20% Duras, 20% Syrah and 10% Prunelart from 20 year old vines planted mid-slope on montmorillonite clay rich soils, similar to those of Medoc. Each variety is harvested and fermented separately. Macerations last 15 to 18 days. Remontage (pumping over) is carried out twice daily. Racking takes place during the winter and the blending is done in the spring. The wine is held in tank for a year before bottling.

 

Domaine des Terrisses "Terres Originelles" Rouge

This cuvée is a blend of 75% Braucol, 15% Prunelart and 10% Syrah from very old vines planted mid and top slope on clay rich soils. With a long maceration of 25-30 days, "délestage" and gentle pumping over of the juice. The wine is aged 8 to 12 months in barrel of which 20% are new.

 

L'Orée des Terrisses

L'Orée des Terrisses was conceived as a wine by which to "discover" the individual native grape varieties of Gaillac. It is always a single variety, but that changes which each vintage. Alain selects that variety which has most flourished, by the unique synergy of climate, the soil and grape variety in a given vintage. The wine is vinified in vats for 6-8 months, bottled young to capture fresh varietal aromas. Each year it is a new wine, with a new label. Current releases are Prunelart 2015 and Duras 2016.