Domaine Chiroulet Terroir Gascon 2014
Son Philippe Fezas began seriously working at the property in 1993 while continuing his work at the Seguin Moreau cooperage in Cognac. Trained as an agricultural engineer and oenologist, Philippe met with top winemakers around France and consulted with some of Seguin Moreau's top clients in Bordeaux.
When Chiroulet wines were first imported into the United States in the mid-1990s, production stood at about 80,000 bottles a year and one of their fermentation tanks was a container used to transport liquids. Since that time, a new modern winery has been built, as well as a new chai and preparation area.
Still, Chiroulet very much remains a family affair, with Michel and Arlette still very involved with day to day activities and their daughter Sabine part of the domaine's distribution circuit.
Setting the standards for red wine production worldwide, France holds rank as the source of the world’s most popular red grape varieties. Famous for their elegance, grace and longevity, the red wines of France come in a variety of styles.
Burgundy claims some of the most desirable vineyard real estate on the planet and remains a source of the world’s most coveted Pinot noir. A powerhouse producer of red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Bordeaux sits on France’s western side, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a coastal pine forest. The region’s mild, maritime climate and gravel-heavy soils are perfect for the production of highly structured, cellar-worthy red wines. In the south, the long and narrow Rhône River Valley produces full-bodied, flavorful reds. Syrah makes its home in the Northern Rhône where a continental climate and steep hillside vineyards create some of the best in the world. Southern Rhône’s Grenache-based blends easily charm most any wine enthusiast. For those after a more delicate red, the Loire Valley’s Cabernet Franc maintains a loyal line of followers.