Domaine des Crès Ricards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Languedoc

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Domaine des Crès Ricards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Languedoc
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The clue's in the name "Crès", meaning rocky, limestone soils. This is the Terrasses du Larzac, a special place in the Languedoc where wines of extraordinary complexity make you think they're capturing the very essence of the earth.

Here, in the village of Ceyras, this superb Cabernet Sauvignon is produced. Grape yields are low, and the growing season is long and gradual, allowing for perfect ripening. You'll not find any 'green' aromas or flavours in this quintessential Cab.

Only 20% of the wine sees any oak, so there's a really nice balance between fruit and structure in the wine. Highly recommended for Cabernet Sauvignon fans, and a great comparison alongside a Chilean or Australian example.

If you're looking for a textbook example of Cabernet Sauvignon, this delicious wine from the Languedoc fits the bill perfectly.
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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Languedoc

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

Country

France

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayBeef, Cheese (Mild), Tomato Based Pasta

Vegan

Vegan

Regular Price: £10.99

Special Price £8.79

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The Producer

This maybe in the Languedoc, but the very special conditions of the Terrasses du Larzac region are key to the wines special style. North-west of Montpellier the land climbs towards the Larzac plateau. Here the difference between day and night time temperatures can vary as much as 20˚C.

That means grapes take their time reaching optimal ripeness, and that time quite literally translates into better flavours.
It became part of Domaines Paul Mas in 2010 and has since expanded to 42ha of vineyards. We were struck by the classic nature of the Cabernet Sauvignon, and have shipped directly from the producer to bring you this stunning wine.
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Tom Cannavan Reviews

From the renowned ‘cru’ vineyards of Terrasses de Larzac, one of the prime Languedoc sites, this is a particularly fragrant Cabernet Sauvignon, focused on bright, kirsch and Maraschino cherry fruits, an intense cassis ripeness. Only 20% was barrel aged by renowned winemaker Jean-Claude Mas, allowing that full fruit expression. In the mouth, spice is immediately obvious, a little balsamic note too joining the supple, medium-bodied fruit. The tannins are creamy of coffeeish, the acidity gentle but super-accurate in defining the finish of this very attractive wine. The back-label lists chocolate desserts as one food-matching suggestion. And why not?

The Region

It’s the fourth largest wine region in France (after Bordeaux, Bordeaux Superieur, and Côtes du Rhône). There was a time when its production was so immense, Languedoc was responsible for one in ten bottles of wine produced in the world.

Size, of course, isn’t everything, and thankfully today the Languedoc is very much a wine region that focuses on quality. Geographically varied, and stunningly beautiful, it’s somewhere that richly rewards wine hunting.

Stylistically, it’s more akin to the Rhône than Bordeaux, but both those regions grapes make appearances here. It does have one major advantage over both though; that its prices are far more gentle on the pocket.
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