Valley of Wines, Gaillac ‘2’

Gaillac, a secret land part of another time, even the French don’t often go to l’Ocitane, the Tarn, heart of L’Occitaine, 

One of The « Gaillac, surprising vines » series.

Valley of Gaillac 22.08.16

Valley of Gaillac 22.08.16

By Gordon Frickers measuring 40 x 50 cms (16″ x 20″), oils, available, £2,500., ex studio, ex frame.

The painting:

The location is beside a main road, Gallaic to Montauban. 

Valley of Gaillac detail 1 22.08.16

Valley of Gaillac detail 1 22.08.16

I chose with care, mostly for the fabulous view, in part to avoid being run down by traffic. 

The second of 2 studies made on location from the same spot within 2 days.

Valley of Gaillac detail 2 22.08.16

Valley of Gaillac detail 2 22.08.16

The temperature was a healthy 38 degrees while this picture was being painted.

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Gaillac and its valley

The region of Gaillac with it’s warm stable climate is among the most bio and most fertile region in la belle France.

Gaillac wine has been made in this fertile valley since at least Roman times. 

Gaillac wine barrels have for centuries been literally branded, marked as ‘Vin du Coq‘, originally to distinguish Gaillac wines from the, at that period, inferior Bordeaux wines.

The Tarn department and in particular Gaillac were until very recently remote and rarely visited even by the French.

The old language of L’Occitaine is still spoken by some, the culture and attitudes have had a profound influence on the department that is still evident today.

Rich too in history, wine is Gaillac’s principal and most celebrated export.

Historically, being further inland therefore less accessible Gaillac wines have generally been sold for local consumption and on occasion, in the past, to the English, Dutch and Germans by Bordeaux merchants as Bordeaux Claret when their province was short of wine.

Gaillac wines have for centuries been marketed as ‘Vin du Coq‘.

The barrels shipped to Bordeaux were for many years resold as Bordeaux.

The Gaillacois solution was to brand the barrels by burning on a cockerel using a red hot iron.

This simple effective rustic technique is the origin of our modern term ‘brand name’.

Today Gaillac wine often comes in a distinctively shaped bottle.

Some Gaillacs rival the wines of Bordeaux.

Today the quality of Gaillac is good, the prices, whilst beginning to rise, as a less well known wine still represent a good value.

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