2010 Domaine Philemon - Mathieu Vieules - Perle Blanc
Domaine Philémon is located in Villeneuve-sur-Vere, a small village on the Vere river in between Albi and Cordes in the northeast quadrant of the Gaillac appellation. The Vieules family have had a vineyard in Villeneuve since 1804. Today the vineyard is run by Mathieu Vieules who grows wheat, sunflowers and grapes in equal proportions. The wheat and sunflowers are grown organically and the vineyard is in transition to being certified organic. Mathieu Vieules has twenty hectares of vines in production along the Cordes plateau on south facing slopes with a calcerous soil. They are planted almost entirely to the traditional Gaillac grape varieties: Loin de L’oeil and Mauzac for the whites, and braucol (fer servadou) and duras for the reds. A good proportion of the vines are more than fifty years old. The vines are trained in the gobelet fashion meaning that they are head pruned and yields are kept exceedingly low; 40 hl/h for the whites and 30hl/h for the reds. The harvest is done entirely by hand.
The Blanc Perlé, which is sometimes labeled as Gaillac fraîcheur Perlé has been produced since the 1950’s. The freshness in the wine is achieved by preserving some of the natural CO2 that occurs during the vinification. The Perlé is a blend of 60% Loin de L’Oeil harvested at 40hl/h, 20% Muscadelle and 20% Sauvignon Blanc both harvested at 30hl/h. Because of the low yields this wine fills the palate with a wonderful concentration of flavors while retaining a freshness that is underscored by mineral and citrus notes.