2020 Vignobles Arbeau - Braucol

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In southwest France, Braucol is the common name for the little-known Fer Servadou grape. Dark-skinned, it is used mostly in blends to add color or to temper more tannic grapes like Tannat. Arbeau's Braucol is grown on hillside vineyards in the appellation Gaillac, but because of the fanciful label, Comté Tolosan IGP, a broad regional designation, is used instead.

Vignobles Arbeau traces their vinous roots back to 1878. Today the estate is run by siblings, Anne and Géraud Arbeau. After farming sustainably for decades, they took the steps necessary to become fully certified organic.

The 2020 On L'Appelle Braucol, which translates to "We Call It Braucol", is medium bodied with distinctive fruit flavors of blackberry, Morello cherries and fig. The aromatic notes include peony and violet with some spice. It wouldn't be described it as rugged, as the mouthfeel is supple, but it does have an earthy quality. The Arbeau Braucol is fermented in tank and is lightly filtrated to preserve the fruitiness.