Domaine de Cassagnau Pays d'Oc Rouge 2021
Jacques Abet, Pauligne, Languedoc, France
A beautiful, soft wine with an expressively fruity bouquet and a hint of spice and Mediterranean herbs that herald in a smooth, creamy palate with velvety tannins. Definitely a wine to share with friends over an informal meal or, slightly chilled, simply as an aperitif. 35% Syrah - 35% Grenache - 30% Merlot
Produced in the low foothills of the Pyrenees, where the climates of the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet, this original blend is light and easy-to-drink. Jacques Abet, doctor by profession, winemaker by passion, runs this family-owned estate with enthusiasm and painstaking care in a terroir that is unique.
Family-owned since the eighteenth century, the estate owes its longevity to its women. Jacques' grandmother Berthe, who managed the estate for six decades, took it through two world wars and many a viticultural crisis. He inherited this family property from his mother, Jacqueline. Today, it is thanks to his wife Colette that Jacques, who had chosen to pursue a career in medicine, is able to satisfy his passion for winegrowing and for the terroir in which he grew up.
You'll find Jacques in the tiny village of Pauligne near Limoux, at the heart of "Cathar country". For the past few years, thanks to passionate dedication, strict standards and an authentic approach, he has been breathing new life into the estate. Whenever the vines need him, he swaps his doctor's coat for winegrower's gear, driving the tractor, pruning or working in the winery with his oenologist. The scientist in him gives way to the farmer, repeating the same gestures as his ancestors before him. An enthusiastic head of a magnificent estate, this bon vivant has succeeded in reconciling his two activities of GP and winemaker.
One of the estate's master cards lies in its hugely diverse mix of varieties - proof of the curiosity and open-mindedness of its renovator! Besides the Mediterranean varieties, Syrah and Grenache, you'll also find Atlantic varieties more typical of Bordeaux - Merlot and Cabernet, the Burgundy varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and last but not least, the time-honoured local varieties, Mauzac and Chenin Blanc.
The geographical situation of the Languedoc and the Atlantic climate are the defining influences when it comes to explaining the excellence and uniqueness of this terroir. Here, by an almost magical stroke of luck, two climates come together: the Mediterranean and the Altantic. The Mediterranean influences make for generous wines, with the sunshine providing ripeness, while the westerly influence maintains the humidity and freshness that is necessary for the fruit to express itself fully. Rounding out the picture is the diversity of the soils: gravel terraces with large round pebbles predominate on the low slopes of the foothills of Pyrenees.
The carefully picked grapes are transported to the winery and placed in cement vats. Meticulous care is taken during fermentation to allow the fruit and the personality of each grape variety to fully express itself. The wines are vat-aged, then blended for bottling at the end of the winter following the harvest. Every generation comes together at harvest time for a family grape-picking party.
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