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Cabernet Sauvignon is a bit of an intruder on the limestone slopes around Pic Saint-Loup: Syrah and Mourvèdre are at home here, producing deep, elegant, spicy reds with a strong Mediterranean accent. And yet, Cabernet has proven it is just as capable in providing its own interpretation of this dramatic landscape of rocky bluffs and garrigue-infested hills. This humble vin de pays from Cyriaque Rozier of Château Fontanès is teeming with juicy wild fruit, while an herbaceous element hints at both the varietal side of the grape as well as the aromatic herbs typical of the region. Its dusty tannin is yet another lens for that earthy Languedoc terroir to shine through.
Cyriaque ages this red in stainless steel and bottles it young to capture all its youthful vigor. It is not trying to be Bordeaux—on the contrary, it genuinely reflects the down-home, country soulfulness we love about the Languedoc. And on top of that, the winemaking—and the price—encourages unabashed gulping; slight chill optional.
|Appellation:||Vin de Pays d’Oc|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1970, 1 ha|
|Soil:||Clay, Limestone, Marl|
|Aging:||Wine is aged for 6 months to one year in stainless steel|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.