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Domaine de la Ramaye - MICHEL ISSALY - Gaillac
Michel Issaly, a reference in Gaillac.
Michel Issaly produces great wines from south-west in Gaillac appellation at La Ramaye estate. The red and white wines are made from old local grape varieties, and the winemaker also produces a highly sought-after wine, called "vin de l'oubli".
La Ramaye estate has existed since 1847. It is located 4 km from Gaillac, and covers less than 6 hectares. 6 generations have followed one another since its creation. The vineyard is divided into 12 plots of vines, on clay-limestone soils. It is Certified High Environmental Value (HVE), and converted into organic and biodynamic. The age of the vines is 40 years on average.
The specificity of the estate: to use only old Gailllac grape varieties. Thus, the red wines are produced from Prunelard, Braucol (or Fer Servadou), and Duras. For the whites, Mauzac, Loin de l'oeil and Oundenc.
Gaillac vineyard, near Toulouse, is one of the oldest in France. Thanks to quality winemakers like Michel Issaly, the reputation and notoriety of Gaillac is experiencing a real revival. The spearhead of the appellation, Michel Issaly is a great defender of the terroir and the environment. In his vines, he uses no weedkillers and promotes respect for biodiversity. The vinifications are made as naturally as possible, to the rhythm of the wine and its evolution. The harvest is carried out by hand.
On the home page of his website, the winemaker, who was president of the independent winemakers of France from 2008-2014, clearly displays his vision: "You have the right to dislike our wines. Because they are at the opposite of technological wines, which are vinified to please everyone."
This "rebellious" and non-conformist winemaker has hoisted his estate among the best wines of the South West, and for us he is the best representative of the Gaillac appellation.
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