Lionel Gosseaumeseparateur

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The vineyard has existed since the end of the 19th century. Lionel Gosseaume is the actual vigneron. Lionel is a child of the countryside and his first footsteps in the vines were alongside his parents Danielle and Pierre in their domaine only a stones throw from where he is today. The domaine is situated in the Touraine appellation, on the borders of Sologne and Touraine. Here we find the AOCs Touraine, Cheverny, Cour-Cheverny and the latest addition to the fold, Touraine-Oisly. This vast undulating plateau between the Loire and its tributary the Cher, is a succession of gently sloping hillsides. The soil varies from sandy pebbles to pebbles with clay and sandy limestone. The domaine itself has primarily clay-sand soils that withstand water stress very well. The climate has a mixture of oceanic and continental influences, ideal conditions for the production of very aromatic Sauvignon Blancs. The Touraine appellation was created in 1939. Production here is principally white wine from the Sauvignon Blanc grape but Touraine also produces lovely fresh rosés and fruity reds from the Gamay grape variety and traditional method sparkling wines, here called Fines Bulles de Touraine. Touraine-Oisly is a new appellation that was created in 2011 and recognises the exceptional quality of the local terroir for the production of excellent Sauvignon Blanc based white wines. The vineyards extend over a little more than 10 hectares and are made up of five parcels. Sauvignon Blanc accounts for three quarters of vineyard plantings and the age of the vines ranges from a few years to forty years old. The domaine includes 3,20 hectares of Gamay. It’s this back grape variety with clear juice that makes the red and rosé wines. The Gamay vines are between 18 and 45 years old and are grassed between the rows to limit the natural vigour of this grape variety. There is also a tiny plantation of Menu-Pineau (28 ares) and of Meslier-Saint- François (30 ares). These two old grape varieties from the region are a rarity and while you might find a little Menu-Pineau here and there, the Meslier-Saint-François has practically disappeared. Lionel Gosseaume is one of the very last producers to cultivate this rare grape variety. The Menu-Pineau vines are 35 years old and the Meslier-Saint-François more than 40 years old. Care is taken to respect nature and the sole objective is to produce high quality grapes. As the saying goes “without great grapes, you can’t make great wine”.

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Les-Galipettes 
Les Galipettes


Appellation : AOC Touraine rosé
Grape variety : gamay, côte cabernet
Alcohol : 12%
Soil : sandy soil of Sologne
Age of vines : 18-30 years old
Planting density : 5900 vines/ha
Yield : 25hl/ha
Fermentation : low temperature fermentation over a period of 2 weeks 
Ageing : 3 months on its fine lees
Tasting note from Henri Chapon (UK Sommelier of the Year, Finalist at the European Sommelier Competition) Henri Chapon : “And yes, it’s possible to make rosés, sparkling to the eye and with lovely sweet aromas elsewhere, not just in the South of France. In using really ripe Gamay grapes, Lionel has made here a fresh rosé, fruity and with intensity. This Touraine rosé has a beautiful colour coming from the maturity of the fruit. The nose is open and fruity, with aromas of jam and strawberry bonbons. The palate is supple, round and very aromatic. Notes of boiled sweets, ripe peaches and a touch of cinnamon. The finish is supple with an agreeable touch of softness, a very pleasant rosé. Its maturity and flexibility make it an ideal wine for summer aperitifs but also to accompany charcuterie and even to drink throughout a meal. Serve it between 11 and 13°C” Les Galipettes is a rosé for springtime. Memories of collecting beautiful field mushrooms (Galipettes) amongst the spring flowers in the fields as a child are the inspiration for its name. The result of a direct pressing of Gamay grapes, bunches are fully mature when harvested giving a wine that is fresh and fruity but also has character and body. Les Galipettes is a specialty of the domaine, produced in very small quantities.  

Vintage avaible
2013

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 Les-Sauterelles
Les Sauterelles

Appellation : AOC Touraine white
Grape variety : Sauvignon Blanc 
Alcohol : 13%
Residual sugar : 2.8g/l
Soil : sandy soil of Sologne 
Age of vines : 5-25 years old 
Planting density : 5900 vines/ha 
Yield : 35hl/ha
Fermentation : low temperature fermentation over a period of 3 weeks
Ageing : 5 months on its fine lees
No of bottles produced : 20,000
Temperature : from 10 to 12°C Drink from April 2013 until 2015 Tasting note from Henri Chapon, (UK Sommelier of the year, Finalist at the European Sommelier Competition) : “This wine is a beautiful example of what the terroir around the plateau of Oisly can produce. An aromatic Sauvignon, classy with great length on the palate. It’s not surprising therefore to learn that the brand new appellation AOC Touraine Oisly includes the village in which Lionel produces his wines. The wine is dry, round and supple, with a beautiful refreshing acidity.It gives off notes of ripe fruits, peaches and pink grapefruit… On the palate, it gives immediate pleasure and has lovely weight. Drink as an aperitif, with charcuterie, but also with smoked fish and goat’s cheese of course! Serve between 10 and 12°C to allow all the aromas to reveal themselves.” Les Sauterelles is the classic wine of the domaine. This Touraine white is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and isa blend of a number of different parcels from the property. Each parcel is treated in a slightly different manner to obtain grapes with different characteristics in order to provide the greatest aromatic complexity possible. It’s a lovely example of a Touraine Sauvignon.

Vintage avaible
2013