This original and intriguing blend of Loin de l’Oeil and Sauvignon Blanc is made by Georges Vigouroux and his son Bertrand-Gabriel, who are specialists in wines from south west France. Their award winning wines come from estates dating back to the Medieval times which lie in Gaillac. Founded by the Gauls, Gaillac is the one of the oldest wine making regions in France and has had vineyards since the 1st century BC.
Loin de l’Oeil is one of the ancient grapes of Gaillac, it’s grown nowhere else, and very little is known about its history. Gaillac was famous for its wines long before Bordeaux and it’s thought that Loin d’Oeil was used in Gaillac whites popular in England from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. It’s possible that this traditional grape could be a relic or descendant from Greco-Roman ones once planted there. This grape is a source of pride for the region and is practically unheard of outside France so we are delighted to have discovered this gorgeous wine.
Loin de l’Oeil means ‘far from the eye’ (as the grape bunches hang on a long stem far from the branch) and it’s known for its wonderful fragrance. If you enjoy Viognier, Gouleyant has a similar style; fuller bodied, lush in character, but with a crisp, refreshing edge due to the Sauvignon Blanc in the blend.
Gouleyant pairs beautifully with salt and fresh water fish, bouillabaise, spicy prawns, pasta puttanesca and paella. It’s also delicious with chicken dishes, pheasant, turkey, warm salads and cheese.
Learn more about Gouleyant on Nicks Blog: A rare wine made from a rare grape – Gouleyant Loin de l@Oeil Sauvignon