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Gaillac wine appellation
Wine appellation
Country: France

Gaillac is a large and interesting wine appellation in the Tarn department in south west France. It covers over 2500 hectares in 73 communes.
AOC status was granted for the production of white wines in 1938. The AOC was extended to cover the red wines in 1970.
The white wines are labelled Gaillac Blanc and must comprise one of the grape types Len de l'El or Sauvignon Blanc, or a blend of the two. Other permitted grape varieties are Mauzac, Mauzac Rose, Muscadelle, Ondenc and Semillon.
The red wines are labelled Gaillac Rouge and are made from the grape types Duras, Fer Servadou or Syrah. Other permitted varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Prunelard and Merlot.
Gamay can be the only grape variety for Gaillac Primeur which is a wine made in a similar style to Beaujolais Primeur.
An AOC Gaillac Rose can also be produced.
AOC Gaillac Perle is another variation on the Gaillac AOC and is a sparkling wine produced in a similar way to Methode Ancestrale wines such as those produced in Bugey or Limoux. Here, this bottle fermented wine does not see the additional of sugar but relies on secondary fermentation in the bottle. Only the Len de l'El and Mauzac grapes are used for this wine.
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