`Le Canon du Maréchal` Muscat/Viognier

Rivesaltes

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 still made by the fourth generation of winemakers, headed up by Emmanuel Cazes. The family make 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

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!').

Vintage Information

2015 was a 'Mediterranean' vintage: a dry and hot vintage which brought perfectly healthy grapes to full ripeness. Due to the high temperature, it was necessary to start harvesting early: this means the final wines are relatively low in alcohol but are very refreshing.

Vinification

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 35% Moscato/Muscat
35% Muscat d`Alexandria
30% Viognier
Region Rivesaltes, Roussillon
Winemaker Emmanuel Cazes
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 0.3g/l
Wine pH 3.16