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Cazes

Domaine Cazes is situated in Rivesaltes in the Roussillon. With 220 hectares of...

vines planted, Domaine Cazes is the largest certified organic and biodynamic estate in France. It was founded in 1895 by Michel Cazes and the wines are made by the fourth generation of winemakers, headed up by Emmanuel Cazes. The family makes a range of interesting dry wines alongside the regional specialities, Vin Doux Naturels. They took the decision to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 1997. Based on their view that the natural environment needs natural preparation, they plough the soils and use only natural ingredients as treatments, arranging their work according to the lunar calendar.

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Vineyards

Domaine 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. Vines grow on clay and limestone soils, covered by 'galets roulés' (the 'pudding stones' also found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape). The low yielding vines are about 30 years old, and produce 30 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage Information

2015 was a "Mediterranean vintage": very hot and dry. It was a perfect vintage for red varietals which reached full ripeness in perfect health conditions. Optimal ripeness gives silky tannins, even with the later-ripening varieties.

Vinification

The three varieties were 100% destemmed before being put in separate stainless steel vats. Only naturally occurring yeasts were used; no yeast was added to the must. Fermentation was temperature controlled at 28°C. The residual matter was circulated by pump-overs and the sediment was broken up by hand twice a day to extract the best qualities. The wine was macerated for four weeks before pressing, after which it underwent malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

The palate is bright with ripe-red and black fruit aromas and rich liquorice notes, balanced by delicate tannins. This wine has a remarkable balance, thanks to its good acidity and freshness. The finish is long with white pepper flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 40% Grenache/Garnacha
40% Syrah/Shiraz
20% Mourvedre
Region Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Roussillon
Winemaker Emmanuel Cazes
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 3.71g/l
Residual Sugar 1.7g/l
Wine pH 3.64