Château Martinolles Le Garriguet 2016, Limoux

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Château Martinolles Le Garriguet 2016, Limoux
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Mainly Merlot, followed by Syrah, then Cabernet Sauvignon in this classic Limoux red.

A very classy style of red wine, with each individual grape variety made separately, then blended. Once the final mix has been decided upon, it's into barrels for 60% of the wine for an eight-month sojourn. Afterwards, it's reunited with the remainder, and into the bottles.

A powerfully structured wine that'll provide an ideal centrepiece for any dinner table.

The second of our Limoux duo, here it's the red grapes doing all the talking. A trio of varieties in perfect harmony
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Grape Variety

ArrayCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah / Shiraz




ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red



Food Match

ArrayBeef, Cheese (Strong), Chocolate



  • Meet The Producer

  • Customer Reviews

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The Producer

Just 15 minutes south of Carcassonne, the famous medieval walled-city (think ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ which was part-filmed there), you’ll find Martinolles. Its 30ha see olive, pine and oak trees surrounding the vineyards, where eight grape varieties thrive in this stunning landscape. (You can stay here too, if you fancy a great escape.)

Certified by Terra Vitis for its sustainable methods in the vineyards, Martinolles enjoys a Mediterranean climate with the benefit of cooling breezes from the Pyrenees. Its range takes in the sparkling Limoux and superb barrel-aged Chardonnay and luscious Limoux red blends.

Part of Domaines Paul Mas since 2011, we import two wines from this exciting estate giving you the best possible value.
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Tom Cannavan Reviews

Don't just take our word for it; here's what wine writer Tom Cannavan has to say:

"In its very handsomely-packaged bottle this is an immediately striking blend of mainly old vines Merlot, along with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, from Limoux in the Languedoc. Fruitcake spices and lovely red and black aromas are appealing, a fragrant touch of cedary oak too, before a beautifully balanced palate, the savoury but sweet plummy fruit melting gently into ripe, creamy tannins and balanced acidity, the sweetness of the mid-palate fruit pushing through to a delightfully fruity but fresh finish. Such an elegant and harmonious wine, and I reckon this will cellar well for five to eight years too"

The Region

Part of the larger, sprawling Languedoc region, Limoux is famous for being the birthplace of sparkling wine in France. Monks at Saint Hilaire worked it out in 1544, years before Dom Perignon came on the scene.

Things are strict in Limoux. For white wines, you must pick by hand, you must use barrels for fermentation and ageing (the latter for at least seven months after vintage), and you must use lees stirring.

Reds must be of at least three varieties, with Merlot making up a minimum of 50%. You can play with Côt, Grenache and Syrah (min. 30%), Carignan (max. 10%), and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc (up to 20%). Again, they must be aged for at least seven months (in barrel or tank) before release.

That’s good; it means you know you’re going to get a cracking wine from here. No shortcuts allowed.
And notice the ageing too; wines from here are ready to drink, although they’ll improve with bottle age too.
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Beef Goulash and Wide Egg Noodles

A rustic, hearty goulash will pair well with the smooth, spice and concentrated flavours of Shiraz - try full bodied warmer climate blends with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. How about a blend of all three with Château Martinolles Le Garriguet from Limoux.
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Lamb Shanks

A hearty, rustic lamb casserole needs a rich, gutsy red with good acidity. Tuscan reds from the Sangiovese grape pair well with rich stews and tomato-based dishes, as do French reds from Limoux.
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Flourless Chocolate Torte

Dark chocolate pairs extremely well with the dark brooding fruit flavours in red wines. Head towards ripe, warm climate, fruit-driven wines as opposed to dry, tannic styles. Southern French reds such as Château Martinolles Le Garriguet or Ports and other fortified wine work a treat.
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