2017 Chateau Auzias Prestige Cabardes
From the beautiful, almost unknown appellation of Cabardes, deep in southern France just outside of Carcassonne, comes a wine that is every bit the cult red wine of the future - the 98 point scoring, all-conquering 2017 Chateau Auzias Prestige Cabardes.
We first spotted this unique blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Grenache after it swept the floor at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, winning the Platinum medal, Best in Show and scoring a stonking 98 points.
Finally, when a bottle arrived it was our dreams come true. It is glorious! As the Decanter Asia judges note, this is an absolute surprise packet:
'The formerly little-known appellation of Cabardès made it into our Decanter World Wine Awards 'Best in Show' selection in London in spring 2018, and now the AOP has done it again, with yet another outstanding effort, this time impressing our Asian judges. This blend of 60% Cabernet Franc with 30% Syrah and 10% Grenache is saturatedly black-red in colour, surrendering fresh, floral aromas backed by enticing black-raspberry and mulberry fruits. On the palate, the wine is deep yet full of lively charm, perfectly summarising the 'crossover' appeal of this appellation, which lies half-way between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Fine-grained tannins and lacy, billowing acidity carry that raspberry/mulberry fruit all the way to a fresh, graceful finish. Cabernet Franc fans should seek it out. Drink 2018-2026'
The only region in France that can use both Rhone/Mediterranean varieties like Grenache and Syrah as well as more traditional Bordeaux/Atlantic varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, this AOC is located in the southern end of France near Carcasonne.
Mostly Cabardes is famous for red, and the AOC stipulates it must be at least 40% minimum of each Atlantic and Mediterranean, though there is some rosé too, with wines of power and density. The soils are typically limestone, helping maintain acidity in the final product.
How's it taste?
Deep ruby purplish. Bouquet of power and complexity rare, revealing subtle aromas of cassis, blackberry, vanilla, with toasty notes and floral nuances. Silky and elegant wine with range in the mouth. The finale of great wine with a nice sweet tannins and delicate this wine makes a great wine for aging
How was it made?
Crafted from 30 year old vines from clay limestone covered with pebbles. 60% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Grenache Noir.
Who made it?
For now more than 20 years, this family estate is running by Dominique Auzias. Dominique is the famous founder of the Petit Futé Guides, the worldwide leader of travel books. Since he started to manage the family estate after 4 generations, he improved quality and distribution. Chateau Auzias is now distributed in more than 30 countries.
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