Domaine de Joÿ, La Vie en Joy 2022
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A wonderfully aromatic wine, with hints of lemon surrounding a centre of peach, apricot and pineapple. Savoury and rich, with a lovely balancing freshness and a touch of honey on the finish. The grapes were 100% destemmed and vinified in a combination of stainless steel tanks and glass fibre vats, at controlled temperatures of 17 to 20°C. Fermentation took place with natural, wild yeasts and lasted between 18 to 21 days, with weekly stirring of the lees. Maturation took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of fruit; the wine was kept on the fine lees for up to four months, imparting texture. The wine was then stabilised at 8°C for 24 hours before being prepared for bottling.
This 180-hectare estate dates back to 1927 when the Gessler family settled in Gascony and is now in the hands of the fourth generation of owner-winemakers Vanessa and Kevin Gessler. While the name ‘Joÿ’ brings to mind the apt modern English word meaning delight, the name of the estate actually dates back to the days of the French Revolution and is likely to be linked to the period of English rule over the nearby Aquitaine region in 14th century. The domain is certified HVE3 illustrating the family’s commitment to preserve the beauty and diversity of their surroundings and 10 hectares are in conversion to organic status
Producer: Domaine De Joÿ
Region: Sud Ouest, France
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Gros Manseng