Banyuls 'Cierra' Domaine Madeloc 2012/15
Domaine Madeloc, Collioure, Banyuls-Sur-Mer, Roussillon
“Made by Pierre Gaillard (of Domaine Pierre Gaillard in the northern Rhone), this estate consistently produces solid, enjoyable reds that are a joy to drink.” Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate April 2015
Madeloc is Pierre Gaillard’s estate in Collioure, supervised by his daughter Elise. This is a real paradise, with some of the vineyards ending directly at the Mediterranean. With a lot of granite and schist soil across the 29 hectares estate, the wines have a high level of minerality with subtle iodine notes. Pierre Gaillard had always been as fascinated by the rugged beauty of the Banyuls countryside as by the huge potential of the terroir. In 2002, he purchased the old estate of Pagès and worked closely with local growers Jean Baills and his son Mathieu, owners of their own 15ha vineyard in Banyuls. The combination of Baills’ knowledge of the terroir and Gaillard’s talents as a winemaker, as well as a well-equipped cellar, has resulted in a rejuvenation of both the vineyards and the wines.
Explosion of berry aromas and flavours complemented by complex liquorice, caramel, dried fruit and nutmeg notes. Rich and concentrated, with soft, fine-grained tannins, this wine is delicious with a Roasted Duck Breast and Cherry Compote, as well as chocolate dessertsy finish.
Grapes: 100% Grenache