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White Grape Varieties

White Grape Varieties

Le Len de l'El

le Len de l’El (ou Loin de l’œil)

(ou Len de l’El)

Origin: old grape variety of Gaillac, its origin and the time it was planted in the wine-growing region remain a mystery. It’s original name, Loin de l’Œil (literally translated “far from the eye”), is derived from the fact that the long-stemmed cluster is located far away from the bud, which produces the grape.
Characteristics: strong and productive, these grapes ripen early. They make wonderful dry white wine and prove to be an important asset in making dessert wine such as the Gaillac “late harvest” wine. They especially like deep soil and are mainly grown in the region of Gaillac.
Tasting: dry, subtle white wine that is fragrant and not very acidic. Sweet white wine with flavours of tropical fruit, dried fruit and honey.
Blending: it blends very well with Mauzac grapes.



Origin: its name is derived from the popular town of Moissac in Tarn-et-Garonne, having historical ties with the Gaillac wine-growing region. There are several theories to its ancient origin: transported from region to region by the Romans or Greeks, developed from successive mutations due to grafting, etc. Today, no hypothesis has been confirmed; however, here we like to say that it comes from Gaillac!
Characteristics: mainly grown in the regions of Gaillac and Limoux, these grapes are not very hardy, but quite productive. They are particularly adapted to clay and limestone soils.
Tasting: Flavours of apple, blackberry and pear. Harvested when slightly overripe, these grapes are used to make Gaillac sweet wine and introduce tastes of quince, honey, and candied fruit. It is the ONLY grape variety used to make Méthode Ancestrale (old-fashioned method) Gaillac sparkling wine, providing a subtle and refreshing taste.
Blending: occasionally used to make single grape wine, it is also blended with Loin de l’Oeil grapes.



Origin: native to the Southwest, this grape is intimately tied to the Gaillac region and today covers the majority of the area. Completely eradicated after the phylloxera crisis, it is gradually reclaiming its place in the vineyards of Gaillac thanks to the will and desire of several winegrowers over the past few years.
Characteristics: strong and fertile, it produces white golden juicy berries. It is also grown in Australia.
Tasting: gives dry white wine a very subtle and refined taste. This grape variety is perfect for making sweet “late harvest” wine, giving just the right amount of concentration, elegance and complexity.
Blending: often used to make single grape wine.

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