2016 Le Petit Domaine de Gimios Muscat Sec
Anne-Marie and her son Pierre established Le Petit Domaine de Gimios in 1993 after taking over a very old, abandoned vineyard in an area best known for cheap sweet Muscat. Never the goal, they converted the vineyard to biodynamics (now Ecocert-certified) and sought to include other varieties well suited to their area such as Grenache, Carignan and Aramon.
Located in the hills to the northwest of Béziers (Languedoc-Roussillon), the vineyards are high altitude, rocky, exposed and all clay and limestone. There are no wires in the vineyards; the vines are all bush vines (gobelet system) that provide shelter from the Mediterranean sun but are low enough to the ground to benefit from the heat from the soil instead.
Muscat Sec is Muscat d'Alexandrie from Gimios's 1860-planted vineyard! Bone dry, incredibly fresh, rounded and generous. Beautiful fine line of acidity provides direction. This is a textbook example of very fine Muscat.