- GAILLAC WINE TASTING -

Chateau Lastours

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"THE GAILLAC WINE REGION extends the length of the Tarn near Albi. It is one of the oldest wine regions in France, with its origins dating back to the first century B.C. Having survived the barbarian invasions, the wine region continued its expansion thanks to the monks of the Saint Michel abbey in Gaillac, who cleared the land and planted vines.

"But it was under the Ancien Régime that the wine of Gaillac had its golden age. Gaillac wines were well regarded for the tables of kings such as François the First.

"Between the wine-producing areas of Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon, the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées vineyards have maintained grape growing throughout very different terroirs, and are collectively known as " Vineyards of the South-West ". From the banks of River Dordogne to the Lot Valley, from Pays Basque to Gascony and Agenais, from the south of Massif Central to the slopes of the Tarn, from the terraces bordering the River Garonne to the old walls of Toulouse... the thousand year old Vineyards of the South-West produce the large number of grape varieties used to produce their characteristic wines and spirits.

"The brand new Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins du Sud-Ouest, officially created in December 1997, includes: 5 AOC (Appellations d'origine contrôlée) Côtes du Frontonnais, Gaillac, Madiran, Marcillac, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh and 7 'Quality Wine produced in a specific region' : Côtes du Brulhois, Côtes de Millau, Côtes de Saint-Mont, Estaing, Entraygues et Fel, Lavilledieu and Tursan."

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Château Lastours is a wine estate which goes back to well before the 18th Century and presently owned by Pierric et Hubert de Faramond. The family residence and winery are built in an unusual combination of local stone and brick.

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Of two of Chateau Lastours' wines, according to a distributor's description:

"The Red is a typical Gaillac wine - fruity and round with balance and finesse. Lay down 3 - 5 years according to vintage. It can be drunk in its 2nd year. Serve at room temperature. It is especially good with roast or grilled meat and cheese. Appellation : Gaillac, Appellation d'origine controlée.
Grape Varieties : Fer Servadou, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Soil Type : Siliceous sand terraces near the Tarn River.
Vinification : Traditional for the red (8 - 10 days) with temperature control.
Bottling : All the wines are château bottled.

"The Perlé is a much sought after white wine that has a slight sparkle and Château Lastours produces one of the finest. The wine is dry to medium and should be chilled but not too cold to ensure the exotic flavours are released. Sauvignon blanc is one of the main grapes in this fine wine, and the vinification process is very carefully controlled using low temperature fermentation. and offers ideal wine growing conditions, soils and climate. All the wine from this château is bottled on the premises. The people of this part of France are rightly proud of this regional specialty and it will make an excellent contribution to your own cellar."

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Pigeonniere in the vineyard of Chateau Lastours   (Right)

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Jean-Marc de Faramond, son of the owner, entertains the group in an informal wine tasting and tour of the winery  (Left and Below)

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