Garstang Wine Circle Tour 2016 Day 2

Garstang Wine Circle Tour 2016  Day 2
Happy people with Lauren Vives at Domaine Mayrac

Happy people with Laurent Vives at Domaine Mayrac

Mayrac and Malpère

A later start to the day and some off-roading in the bus! Taking a track up behind Couiza, we meet Laurent Vivès from Domaine Mayrac.  Here we admire the view of the Pyrenees in the distance and his vinyards down in the valley.  Laurent explains with passion his love of terroir and how he defines each parcel of vines to make a different wine.  A professional setting for the wine tasting means that the wine circle is at ease and ready to spend over an hour sampling his range of wines – which they find every bit as interesting as Laurent!  He and his team from the cellars have also prepared a wonderfum 3 course lunch – presented and served with style – olny the best for this group and we had to literally drag them away!  Wine purchases safely stored in the bus, we headed over to the Malpèrewine region – Chateau Belvèzes where the glamorous Isabelle Malafosse showed us aroud her Domaine with  its impressive trees – some over 400 years old.  A surprise tasting matching edible flowers and wine was certainly a real eye-opening and a tastebud tickler!  Isabelle’s husband, Guillaume, who loves abit of mischief invited people into the vats – quite afew obliged and found the experience quite fun! (see photos)

 

 

  • View from the top of Domaine Mayrac

  • Happy tasting faces!

  • Lunch at Domaine Mayrac

  • A great range of organic wines at Domaine Mayrac

  • Organic and some without sulphates

  • Is there any wine in there?

  • Self-explanatory!

  • Jean-Luc and glamouros Isabelle Malafoss from Chateau de Belvezes

  • Edible begonia flowers

  • Gosh -these leaves do taste like oysters!

  • Pairing chardonnay and Oyster leaves

  • Mischevious Guillaume Malafosse!

  • Inside Chateau Belvèzes

  • An unknown grape variety

  • Getting interesting facts from the experimental Domaine Cazes

  • A Vinotheque (wine library)

  • Serious tasting faces

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