Guide to the Loire regions

Saint-Pourçain

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Domaine Gallas
Two thirds of the brothers, Yves and Pascal Gallas’s 17 hectares of vines are on the clay and limestone soils of Saulcet with the balance within the commune of Saint-Pourçain. The split between the varieties is around two-thirds red to one-third white with Gamay and Chardonnay being the dominant two varieties planted. Sauvignon Blanc accounts for 10% of their white grape plantings.

There are two white wines produced; Blanc which is a pretty monotone and ordinary 60/40% Chardonnay/Tressallier blend, whilst the Cuvée des Burliers takes it name from a specific parcel in Saulcet. The blend here is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (currently about 80% and therefore illegal) and Chardonnay. It’s dry and mineral with a decent Sauvignon expression. The Rosé is a simple wine made through direct pressure. Of the two reds, the aptly named Rouge is 80% Gamay and pretty, although a little dilute and undistinguished. Réserve de la Chabanne takes its name from its lieu-dit and is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay. It shows proper Pinot Noir expression, if a little hot in the current (2007) release. The final red is a 100% Pinot Noir called Cuvée Tentatation and comes from vines in Saint-Pourçain. It is well focused with good fruit expression, if just a little grippy. Finally, there is a little Pétillant Blanc de Blancs made from Tressallier and Chardonnay.

The wines at Domaine Gallas are sound and correct, but little else.

In addition to the vines, the brothers also tend 60 hectares of cereals and Léone Gallas also runs a gîte on the farm.

Yves et Pascal Gallas
Domaine Gallas
1 Chenin des Burliers
Les Burliers
Saulcet
T : + 33 4 70 45 32 86
F : + 33 4 70 45 65 15
Geac.gallas@03.sideral.fr
www.domaine-gallas.com

 

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