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Domaine La Croix des Marchands & Château Palvié

Jerome Bezios took over the family estates about 20 years ago.

Since then, he has deeply invested in new technologies (temperature control, filtration,…), in traditional methods (manual harvest, work on the soil,…) and in a competent team in order to tend to an optimal quality as much in the production than the winemaking.

« La Croix des Marchands » extends over 30 hectares on a gravel soil. The vines produce a wine fruity and spicy, very representative of the appellation. Their historical location provide evidence of a wine-producing activity dating back more than two thousand years!

The vines of « Château Palvié » are much older and stretch over 22 hectares on a clay-limestone soil. They offer a wine richer and stronger which can easily age.

The excellent reputation of both estates make them among the best domains of the Gaillac appellation. For more than 10 years they are labelled Terra Vitis, and now also HVE level 2 (High Environmental Value) which answer perfectly quality criterions and respect of the terroirs and environment.

Red wines
Tradition
AOP Gaillac 
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
34% Syrah, 33% Duras, 33% Braucol

Soil :
Clay-gravel

Harvest and vinification :
Harvested by hand at optimal maturity, destemming and crushing.
Traditional vatting (20 days). 18 months aging in vats.
Early bottling to preserve freshness.

 
 
Alc. by Vol.: 12,5% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Beautiful shining color with ruby sheen.
A typical spicy nose.
Round in the mouth with spicy and silky tannins. Gentle finish with small dark fruit flavors.

Format: Available in Gaillac-style bottle (attached picture) or in classic Bordeaux-style bottle.



Élégance
AOP Gaillac 
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
50% Syrah, 50% Braucol

Soil :
Clay-gravel

Harvest and vinification:
Harvest by hand at optimal maturity, destemming and crushing.
Traditional vatting (20 days).
12 months aging in iron tanks.
 
Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Beautiful aspect of dark and deep red with purple sheen.
The intense nose gives off wild berries and peppery notes.
Round and long-lasting in the mouth with a nice fruity finish.




Vieilles Vignes
AOP Gaillac 
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
50% Syrah, 50% Braucol

Soil :
Clay-gravel

Harvest and vinification :
Harvest by hand at optimal maturity.
Long maceration for 4 weeks.
Aged 12 month in oak barrels (30% are news).
Bottled 18 months after the winemaking process.
 
Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Perfect harmony between the rustic and fleshy aromas of the Braucol, the complexity of the Syrah, and the slightly wooded touch of the oak barrel.



Château Palvié Red
AOP Gaillac 
Château Palvié
Grape varieties:
45% Syrah, 45% Braucol, 10% Prunelard

Harvest and vinification :
Harvested at optimal maturity.
Long maceration to extract all the potential.
12 months aging in vats.
Careful bottling to preserve the aromas.
 
Soil : Clay-limestone

Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Deep ruby color.
A complex nose of blackberries and blackcurrant with hints of leather.
Full-bodied in the mouth with soft tannins.
A long consistent finish.




Les Secrets du Château Palvié
AOP Gaillac
Château Palvié
Grape varieties:
95% Syrah, 5% Braucol

Harvest and vinification :
Vines are between 50 and 80 years old.
Yield of 30hl/ha.
Long maceration to extract all the potential.
Aged 15 months in oak barrels to develop complexity and softer tannins.
Careful bottling to preserve the aromas.
 
Soil : Clay-limestone

Alc. by Vol.: 14% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Strong rubis color.
The nose is a bouquet of black fruits, spices, clove, vanilla and liquorice.
The mouth is elegant, fleshy, with lots of volume. Tannins are well present but rounded and melted.
Wine with a great aging potential.




Dry white wines
Fraicheur Perlée
AOP Gaillac 
La Croix des Marchands
 
Grape varieties:
34% Muscadelle, 33% Loin de l’oeil, 33% Mauzac

Harvest and vinification :
Harvested by hand at optimal maturity.
Vinified at low temperature under CO² to preserve freshness and the aromatic potential of the wine.
Early bottling to preserve the gas and the flavors
 
Soil : Clay-gravel

Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Pale yellow color with green sheen.
Beautiful fruity green apple flavors leading to floral notes.
Elegant in the mouth, well-balanced with slight acidity and fresh fruit notes.






Croix des Marchands Dry white
AOP Gaillac 
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
60% Mauzac, 40% Muscadelle

Harvest and vinification :
Grapes harvested at optimal maturity.
Vinified at low temperature with CO2 to preserve the freshness and the aromatic potential.
 
Soil : Clay-gravel

Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Bright light yellow color with green hints.
The nose unveils green apple and then a touch of flowers.
Very elegant in the mouth, with a nice balance between acidity and substance.
 



Château Palvié Dry white
AOP Gaillac 
Château Palvié
Grape varieties:
100% Mauzac

Soil: Clay-limestone

Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Harvest and vinification:
Harvested at optimal maturity.
Vinification at low temperature to preserve the aromatic potential.
Aged on lees in large oak barrels for 9 months.
 
 
Tasting notes:
Bright light yellow color with green hints.
The nose reveals floral and peach aromas, accented by dried fruit and grilled almond
notes.
Delicate and with a beautiful structure, the bright attack is soon counterbalanced
by its roundness.
The finish is aromatic and floral.
 



Sweet whites
Douceur d'Automne
AOP Gaillac
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
80% Mauzac, 20% Loin de l’oeil

Soil : Clay-gravel

Harvest and vinification :
Harvested when grapes are over ripped.
Long vatting at low temperatures.
Short-term aging and early bottling to preserve the fruit and freshness.

 
 
Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Sugar: 90g/l

Tasting notes:
Pale yellow color with golden sheen.
The sweet citrus fruit nose leads to honey notes.
Harmonious and fruity in the mouth, a great balance between freshness and roundness, with beautiful candied orange notes.



Les Secrets du Château Palvié
AOC Gaillac 
Château Palvié
Grape varieties:
50% Loin de l’Oeil, 50% Muscadelle

Soil :
Clay-limestone

Harvest and vinification:
Grapes harvested at overmaturation in October.
Slow fermentation at low temperature in oak barrels.
Aged 10 months in new oak barrels.
 
Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Sugar: 220g/l

Tasting notes:
Color intense and bright.
Very expressive nose, candied orange evolving with beeswax.
The mouth is supple, with a great length, and expresses candied fruit and honey
aromas.
This late harvest has a beautiful finesse and complexity.



rosé wine
Croix des Marchands Rosé
AOC Gaillac 
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
50% Syrah, 50% Gamay

Soil : Clay-gravel

Harvest and vinification :
Rosé elaborate exclusively from "saignées”.
Vinified at low temperature with CO2 to preserve the freshness and the aromatic potential.
 
Alc. by Vol.: 12% Vol.

Tasting notes:
Pale and light color.
The nose develop red berries aroma which open after to pepper.
The attack is acidic and present a great balance finishing on nice fruity aromas.

 



Sparkling
Ancestral Method (Brut or 1/2 Dry)
AOC Gaillac
La Croix des Marchands
Grape varieties:
100% Mauzac

Harvest and vinification :
The “Methode Ancestrale” is a sparkling wine production method using yeasts and sugars of the grapes only, as opposed to the "Traditional Method" (Champagne, Cava, Prosecco,…) approach where selected sugar and yeast is added.
The first fermentation is slowed down and paused by the cold, retaining a sufficient sugar content.
The second fermentation in the bottle, which generates carbon dioxide bubbles in the wine, is practiced using only sugar that remained after the first fermentation.
 
Alc. by Vol.: 10% Vol.

Soil : Clay-gravel

Tasting notes:
Pale yellow color with green sheen and intense nose of pear and medlar.
Fine and elegant foam, beautiful acidulous and fruity expression.
Wine combining freshness, roundness and the typical pear and apple notes of the Mauzac grape variety.



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