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Domaine Gayda creates limited edition range

Published:  22 March, 2018

Domaine Gayda has created its first limited edition range.

The En Passant duo will comprise a white and red wine, with an annual bottle count of just 30,000 – 20,000 red and 10,000 white (rrp: £8).

Designed to champion the transient nature of each vintage, each wine stems from vineyards, grape varieties, terroirs and winemaking techniques that can change completely from one vintage to the next, making every label short-lived and therefore unique, said Domaine Gayda.

"Our range of wines is becoming more structured, epitomising a style we like and an identity which targets excellence every year but we didn't want to blank out the spirit of our early days, our lust for discovery, the desire to explore new avenues, new terroirs and new blends, even if that implied rethinking the way we make wine,” said winemaker Vincent Chansault.

The range, he said, had been introduced to sustain the “pioneering momentum” of the winery, which was established in 2003 in Brugairolles, south-west of Carcassonne in the Occitanie region.

A nod to rock star Iggy Pop's hit song The Passenger, the look of En Passant had been designed to epitomise the “same progressive spirit of adventure” right down to its labels, portraying a comic-strip character exploring the terroirs of Languedoc and Roussillon.

Like a storyboard, the labels would evolve with each bottling and recount a new story, “that of the birth of a new wine”, said Chansault.

A red and a white wine will be released every year and “act as a life-size testing ground for the estate's winemaker”.