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2015 Cabrières Rouge “Prémices”

Château des Deux Rocs

2015 Cabrières <i>Rouge</i> “Prémices” Château des Deux Rocs - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Yep, this is one of Kermit’s classic Languedoc country quaffers: dark, juicy, charmingly rustic, and, best of all, affordable. I would like to stop there, but my strange compulsion to divulge in-depth terroir specifics means you’ll have to bear with me. Cabrières is one of the Languedoc’s most exciting crus, and certainly its most underrated. Its forested slopes rise hundreds of meters above sea level, where nights are fresh and cooling winds are a constant. Equally fascinating is the schist soil here—flaky dark stones litter every inch. They provide this medium-bodied red with a crunchy mineral backbone and dusty tannins. Now, resume quaffing! –Anthony Lynch
$16.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
Appellation: Languedoc Cabrières
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Château des Deux Rocs
Winemaker: Jean-Claude Zabalia
Vineyard: 40 years average, 6.5 ha
Soil: Schist
Aging: Wine is aged in stainless steel for 6 months with regular racking
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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