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Domaine du Moulin Méthode Ancestrale Mauzac (Gaillac)
Gaillac’s local Mauzac grape lends itself extremely well to this medium-sweet style of wine. Full of spice and apple flavors, the wine is delicious as an aperitif. The méthode ancestrale involves bottling a partially fermented wine which then finishes its fermentation in bottle. Drink this attractive wine now. ROGER VOSS
For three centuries, the Hirissou family has owned and operated vineyards in Gaillac, deeply rooted in the land on both sides of the Tarn River. The first record of Hirissou family vines begins with Pierre Hirissou, who was born in 1827. Antoine Hirissou, born in 1855, took over as the second generation and grew the vineyard dramatically in his time. He was a prudent trader, manager and businessman, and constructed a cellar in the center of Gaillac. At a time when wine was a commodity as important as bread, Antoine stored three harvests-worth of wine, and everybody knew the Hirissou family would always have wine to sell! This enabled Antoine to continue selling his wine and keep the family business alive, even in years of bad harvest when wine became very rare.
Jean Paul and Dominique Hirissou took over the family winery in 1976. As soon as they arrived, they chose to focus on increasing the quality of their wine with each vintage by sourcing the best soils in the area, building a new winery adapted to produce wines of great quality, and opening the doors for wine tourism. Nicolas Hirissou, their son, is now in charge. Upon returning from his studies in 2002, he was handed the keys to the winery and granted the ability to take control of Domaine du Moulin wine production.
“For 15 years, I model, I try, I succeed, I miss, for one purpose: to make a great wine. My family and my two passions – falconry and Corsica – help me in this adventure to make a polyphonic wine.” – Nicolas Hirissou