French country wine: Gaillac Rouge, Domaine Philemon

French country wine

French country wine – winemaker Mathieu Vieules with his Gaillac Rouge made from the Braucol grape variety of SW France

This is how we’ve been buying our wine recently – straight from the barrel at the market. It’s really quite a decent ‘everyday drinking’  dry red wine. Not too strong, a bit tart, with a hint of a peppery flavour.

A dry red wine from the market

A dry red wine from the market – Domaine Philemon, Gaillac rouge

Domaine Philémon is from the Gailliac region of SW France in Villeneuve-sur-Vere a small village on the Vere river. The Vieules family who make it have had a vineyard in Villeneuve since 1804. Today the vineyard is run by Mathieu Vieules who also grows wheat and sunflowers http://www.winetraditions.com/domaine-philemon/

At the Domaine Philomen vineyard - Google

At the Domaine Philomen vineyard – http://www.winetraditons.com

Wikipedia says: “Wine expert Jancis Robinson describes the wines made from the Fer grape (known  locally as ‘Braucol’) as “interestingly perfumed” with a rhubarb aroma. The wines are often full-bodied with dark ruby colours and concentrated fruit flavours.” Not bad for 1.70 euro a litre!

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2 thoughts on “French country wine: Gaillac Rouge, Domaine Philemon

  1. We visited this small winery in June 2013. The owner spoke no English and our French was merde. But my daughter speaks English as did the owner. Fantastic experience and love the wine. Can’t get any in Chicago – so have to buy and ship from East coast.

    • Oops – make that Spanish. My daughter teaches Spanish – so we communicated in Spanish. Great cultural experience

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