Sommelier notes: This exciting blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah, is from vines in the Cabardès appellation with both Continental and Mediterranean influences. The vines are planted on clay-limestone slopes in the foothills of the Montagne Noire. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives it power and classicism, while the southern grape varieties of Grenache and Syrah give it elegance and originality. Deep garnet red color with light terracotta reflections around the edge. Nose: intense aromas of slightly jammy, cooked cherries mixed with notes of very ripe red pepper, wildness from the herbs of the garrigue and liquorice. Structured mouth with fresh, soft tannins and fruit highlighted by a spicy touch. This 2013 is beautiful to drink now but can be stored for many years. Served at 18° C (65 F).
One of the less know appellations in the Languedoc is situated north of Carcassonne and is called the Caberdès. The climate is different here, although they grow mediterranean grapes like Syrah and Grenache, the Continental grapes like Cabernet and Merlot grow very well here too! Domaine de Cabrol is one of the most highly regarded domaines of this appellation, known for great winemaking skills. Claude and Nicolas Carayol have run the winery since 1989. The harvest is done partly by hand, some by machine depending on the wine they want to make.