Country: France Region: Roussillon
Vintage: 2010 Colour: White Style: Sweet / Dessert
Producer: Domaine Cazes
Situated between the French Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Roussillon is the sunniest area of France, giving very ripe grapes, which are perfect for the production of the Vin Doux Naturel sweet wines. Since farming biodynamically, the Cazes family have found that not only are the vineyards healthier (because only natural treatments are used), but also, the vines are stronger, with longer roots. In addition, there is more freshness and minerality in the wines, which is important in such a warm region.
The Vins Doux Naturels are a speciality of the area. A portion of the Muscat grapes were pressed immediately, with the remainder undergoing skin contact at cool temperatures before the fermentation started. The wine was fortified using grape spirit, causing the fermentation to stop and leaving a sweet wine. It was then matured on its fine lees for around five months to ensure the sweetness was well integrated. The wine is unoaked and refreshing in style. Considering the wine was fortified, it is relatively light in alcohol at 15% and therefore fits into the ‘light wine’ category.
Ageing Potential: Drink Fresh
Light gold in colour with lovely fine, floral notes and a bouquet of citrus and exotic, tropical fruit. Full and sweet on the palate with pure citrus and apricot flavours, subtle mint and spice and a great level of acidity which lifts the finish and ensures impeccable balance.
Food Matches: Blue Cheese / Dessert