Country: France Region: Roussillon Vintage: 2015
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
"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
Maison CAZES is set in the sunniest French region. Since the family started farming biodynamically they have found that the vineyards are healthier and the vines are stronger with longer roots. There is also more freshness and minerality in the wines. Vines grow on clay and limestone soils, covered by 'galets roulés' (the 'pudding stones' also found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape). The name 'Le Canon du Maréchal' refers to the famous general, Maréchal Joffre, who was born in Rivesaltes and who 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!').
"Part of the grapes undergo carbonic maceration at high temperature, while the rest of the blend followed a short maceration before low temperature fermentation.
After pressing, the fermentation process is
completed at 20°C. "
Fresh aromas of red fruit on the nose. On the palate, the aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and cherry are met by spicy notes. This is a rounded and velvety wine.
Easy drinking and great with simple pasta or pizza.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:13%