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.
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. 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.
2012 was a very small vintage. A cold rainy winter and a warm spring gave a glimpse of a superb vintage, but a too dry, even scorching summer, held down volume. The weather remained dry and hot from early July, aside from the storm on the 6th of August. Present during the greater part of the month of September, the Tramontana wind prevented development of vine diseases, bringing cooler, less dry climatic conditions. This same wind also contributed to lowering the quantity of the harvest through concentration.
The three varietals were totally de-stemmed and de-stalked before being put in separate stainless steel vats. Only natural yeast are used; no yeast are added to the must. Fermentation was temperature controlled at 28°C. The residual matter was circulated by pumping 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.
The nose reveals great aromas of ripe black and red fruits. On the palate, these melt with leather and liquorice notes, and soft, velvety tannins. This is a round and rich wine with wonderful balance as well as a pleasantly refreshing acidity. Long finish with hints of black pepper.
|Grape varieties||40% Grenache/Garnacha
|Region||Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Roussillon|
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