Le Cadet de Lauriga, Côtes du Roussillon 2015

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Le Cadet de Lauriga, Côtes du Roussillon 2015
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Lauriga's 'Cadet' is surely due for promotion based on this evidence.

Taking Syrah, Carignan, and Grenache, it works some clever winemaking magic on them to end up with this beauty. The key is something called carbonic maceration, which is a smart way to get juice without roughly crushing the grapes.

Whatever the ins-and-outs of winemaking science, you can't help but agree that they're onto something there when the wine tastes so vibrant and fresh.

Think Roussillon, think terrific red wine blends, like this mix of 3 varieties. Classic Sunday roast wine...
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Percentage Alcohol

14.5

Region

Roussillon

Grape

Syrah / Shiraz

Country

France

Style

Full Bodied

Vintage

2015

Food Match

BBQ, Charcuterie, Game Meats

Vegan

Vegan

£11.99
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The Producer

An estate with 60ha covering three of the Roussillon’s key terroirs, Lauriga is known for producing red wines of classic character.

Whilst white and rosé wines are also made, it’s the Carignan and Grenache Noir that are stars here (with the help of some newcomers too, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvédre and Merlot.

Now part of Domaines Paul Mas, this has led to massive improvement in the wines, thanks to investment in both vineyards and winery facilities.

We import two red wines from Lauriga which we’ve chosen for their Roussillon character and terrific value for money.

The Winemaker

Jean-Claude Mas didn’t start out as a winemaker. Though his father grew grapes, and he grew up with a love and appreciation for wine, it was marketing and advertising that first drew Mas’s attention.

Wine and winemaking came on the radar in the early ‘90’s, and he learnt in Bordeaux and from master Italian winemaker Giorgio Grai. The scene was set for Jean-Claude to take over the reins of the family business in 1999.

The objective was clear from the start. To draw upon the rich resources of his native Languedoc and produce wines that had genuine appeal based upon their flavours and style.

Then the family’s vineyards totalled 35ha. Today, Jean-Claude’s empire covers 11 estates and 600ha, with another 1,312ha providing grapes from trusted partner growers.

So, chances are, you’ve come across one of his wines, possibly the ‘Arrogant Frog’ label that’s done so well around the world. He started out focusing on the export market, believing “Selling wine to the French is like selling hamburgers to Americans.”
His objective is to be 100% organic by 2023. Across his huge size of vineyards, that’s no mean feat.

The Region

A mountainous, rugged region which makes up the southernmost piece of the larger Languedoc. Over 80% of France’s sweet vin doux naturel wines come from here, with still wines becoming more exciting with each passing vintage.

Looking for sun? Well Roussillon gets an average 325 days a year, so ripening grapes isn’t an issue. Soils vary tremendously, but are always ancient, and frequently very poor. This forces vines to struggle to survive, with the benefit they tend to produce top-quality grapes.

It’s red wine territory, making up 80% of production for Côtes du Roussillon wines. And they’re often superb, with superstar winemakers like Pithon and Gauby creating wines of mesmerising beauty.

If you like gutsy, savoury reds, then Roussillon is very happy hunting ground.

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