Chateau de rhodes

Eric Lépine

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The Château de Rhodes is a twenty hectare certified organic estate located on the prime limestone hillsides on the right bank of the Tarn river, in the heart of Gaillac. Eric Lépine took over the property in 2002, and since then the domaine has focused on minimal intervention wine made from the traditional Gaillac grapes. The reds are made primarily with Duras, Syrah, and Braucol, while the whites are composed of Mauzac, Loin de l’oeil, and Ondenc. The reliance on indigeneous grapes and a hands-off approach to vinification ensures that these wines are resolutely proud ambassadors of the ancient terroir and traditions of Gaillac.

While red wine is often the first thing that comes to mind in the region, the history of Gaillac is equally rooted in white and the traditional methode ancestrale sparkling Gaillac made from Mauzac grapes. Locals are quick to point out that this is one of the few appellations of methode ancestrale, and that sparkling Gaillac was famous throughout Gaul — centuries before sparkling wine existed in Champagne.

Eric Lépine and the Château de Rhodes produce red, white, and sparkling wines with equal aplomb. Since 2011, all wines are vinified with native yeast and minimal use of SO2. The red and whites are fermented and aged in concrete tanks, and then kept in the brick-lined underground galleries until ready to drink. Altogether, the wines are remarkably enjoyable to drink and an inviting reminder why the wines of Gaillac have been celebrated and enjoyed for thousands of years.


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chateau de rhodes methode ancestrale

Varietal: 100% Mauzac Color: Sparkling

1.85 ha vineyard on the right bank of the Tarn river. Vines planted in 1981-2009. Clay Limestone Hillside - South/ Southwest exposition.Vinification - methode ancestral without of sugar or dosage. 9.5 g/l residual sugar. Total production: 4800 bottles.

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chateau de rhodes blanc sec

Varietal: 68% Loin de l'oeil, 17% Mauzac, 15% Ondenc Color: White

3 ha vineyard on the right bank of the Tarn River. Vines planted in 1979. Clay Limestone Hillsides - South/ Southwest exposition. Traditional vinification - Gentle pressing, fermentation at 16°, no malolactic fermentation, addition of sulfites limited to their strict utility, just one filtration before bottling. Elevage in concrete tanks. Production: 35hl/ha

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Chateau de rhodes rouge

Varietal: 23% Duras, 30% Braucol, 30% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot Color: Red

10 ha vineyard on the right bank of the Tarn River. Vines planted in 1979 - 2009. Clay Limestone Hillsides - South/ Southwest exposition. Traditional vinification - Long maceration, just one filtration before bottling. Elevage in tanks during 18 months.Total production: 47550 bottles.

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chevalier de rhodes rouge

Varietal: 48% Duras, 18% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc . Color: Red

2.5 ha vineyard on the right bank of the Tarn River. Vines planted in 1979 - 1994. Clay Limestone Hillsides - South/ Southwest exposition. Traditional vinification - long maceration. Elevage in concrete tanks. Total production: 10,000 bottles.

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