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|Blend:||50% Vermentino, 20% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, 10% Viognier|
|Producer:||Château de Lascaux|
|Vineyard:||15 - 20 years|
|Soil:||Clay and limestone on bedrock of marl and marly limestone|
|Aging:||Ages in cuve for 7 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.
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174