My last Tarn evening was enjoyed at domaine Peyres Roses by invitation, among the leaders of the next generation of Gaillac wine makers, for a wine tasting with merry company and which turned out to include a bountiful dinner.
For my last night in the Tarn during this sortie, I was invited to wine tasting, to join the ‘young bloods’.
Meaning, people who’s parents have dedicated their lives to restoring the natural qualities to wines of Gaillac (pronounced Guy’ack).
This next generation is tasked with continuing that fine work and more, a heavier responsibility, beginning to restore to the reputation of the Gaillac wines to their former very special place, a reputation lost because of the catastrophe of the grape phylloxera during the 19 th century, a disease effecting vines, for which there is still no know cure.
I was made very welcome, it was easy to ‘fit in’ and I learnt quite a lot about wine while strengthening new friendships.
I was most touched to be treated as something of an honoured guest, even embraced by my principal host before I eventually unmoored.
I find it impossible not to miss the Tarn, the very many people who have shown me such appreciation and friendship.
Will I return?
Yes, there is more work to be done. with Gaillac Wine’s Growth Potential..