Domaine de Brousse

Year Established: 1921
Location: Cahuzac-sur-Vère, Gaillac
Size: 10 hectares
Varieties: Mauzac, Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc, Loin de L’oeil, Braucol, Duras
Viticulture: Organic (certified in 2019)
Vinification: Indigenous yeasts, low to no sulfur additions, old barrels, enameled steel tanks, foudres, and amphorae

Domaine de Brousse’s ten hectares of vines have been worked by the Boissel family for four generations, starting with Florian Boissel, who founded the domaine in 1921. Amandine Boissel is now at the helm, taking over from her parents in 2016 and immediately beginning the conversion to organic farming. Cahuzac-sur-Vère is on the Cordais plateau of Gaillac, which is (little-known fact) the oldest wine region in France! Only 90 minutes south from Bordeaux, it’s another galaxy in terms of culture, geology, and price. The south-facing vineyards are on clay and limestone soils, and are regularly swept by the Autan wind which is sometimes known as the Vent des Fous (the wind of the mad), as it can blow for up to nine days without stopping.  One of the varieties, Duras (named after the hardness of the vines – “dur” in French), is hyper-local and is mostly unheard of outside of Gaillac. Raspberries, blackberries and pepper make up the bouquet and show up again on the palate.