PL Award 1: GOLD - SWA 2016
Country: France Region: Roussillon Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
"Based in Rivesaltes, Domaine Cazes was founded in 1895 by Michel Cazes. Today, with 220 hectares in production, it is the largest certified organic and biodynamic estate in France. The wines are now made by Emmanuel Cazes (the fourth generation). The decision was taken to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 1997. Situated in a vast amphitheatre between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Roussillon region is the sunniest area of France, with a wide variety of soil types. The soils in the Cazes vineyards are a mix of limestone and marl, with some 'galets roulés' (the 'pudding stones' also found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape). Since the vines have been farmed biodynamically, the Cazes family have found that not only are the vineyards healthier, but also the vines are stronger, with deeper roots.
The vins doux naturels are a speciality of the Roussillon generally and of Cazes specifically, although Cazes also produce a range of fresh and minerally dry wines. The 'Canon du Maréchal' wines in particular combine good quality with affordable pricing. They are bottled under screwcap to retain their freshness and have a moderate 13% alcohol. The 'Ego' is a step up in quality and displays complex notes of plums, spice and touches of leather, with delicate tannins and a lingering finish. The vin doux naturels are of stunning quality and regularly win awards at international competitions."
Product Features: Carbon Neutral;Certified Biodynamic;Certified Organic;Vegan;Vegetarian
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Emmanuel Cazes
Situated in the sunniest area of France, the vineyards produce very ripe grapes. Since farming biodynamically, the vineyards are healthier and the vines are stronger, with longer roots. In addition, there is more freshness and minerality in the wines, important in such a warm region. The name 'Le Canon du Maréchal' refers to the famous general, Maréchal Joffre, who was born in Rivesaltes and sold his vineyards to the Cazes family in 1927. The Canon is both a reference to his military background and a reference to the Roussillon saying 'boire un canon' ('to have a drink!').
The 2015 is a blend of Viognier and two different varieties of Muscat: Muscat d'Alexandrie which gives weight and fruity flavours, and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains which adds finesse. The grapes were harvested in the cooler temperatures at night to ensure that the natural freshness was retained. 24 hours of skin contact took place to draw out the aromas and flavours, before a fairly cool fermentation in stainless steel at 18°C.
The nose is very aromatic - a bouquet of white flowers and grapefruit notes. On the palate, this dry wine reveals great balance and refreshing acidity.
"Appetizers, asparagus, salads with citrus,fish and sea food in sauce."
Closure: Stelvin ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 5.6