Lascaux does not refer to the famous cave paintings of the Dordogne; rather, it alludes to the limestone in the vineyards of this esteemed Languedoc estate. The horse-like figure that adorns the label is rather misleading in this sense—could the image have been chosen because the winemaker’s last name is “Cavalier”? Who knows. Regardless, Carra features Syrah and Grenache grown in Lascaux limestone, a deep and gallant red with cavalierly tendencies on the palate. –Anthony Lynch
|Blend:||60% Syrah, 40% Grenache|
|Producer:||Château de Lascaux|
|Vineyard:||10 - 20 years, 14 ha|
|Aging:||Ages in cuve for 14 months before bottling|
The vineyards of Château de Lascaux have been in the Cavalier family for thirteen generations. Jean-Benoît Cavalier took direction of the property in 1984, and by 1990 had consolidated the vineyards, restructured the ancient cellars, and created the official domaine, Château de Lascaux. Today, the domaine has expanded from 25 to 85 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by 300 hectares of forest, filled with green oaks, pines, and garrigue. The stony soil lends finesse and freshness to his wines, giving the reds greater aging potential than Syrah-based wines grown in other Languedoc soils. The proliferation of garrigue certainly is reflected in the aromatics, where notes of laurel, thyme, rosemary, réglisse, and mint are present in the wines.
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
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