A long-time quest for a great value Minervois came to fruition with this cracking little red wine from Domaine Le Cazal. It is a traditional un-oaked wine with fine garrigue aromas and a spicy mid-weight palate of dark berry fruit offset by supple tannins.
- Bottle £10.25
- Bottle Case £123.00
'Le Pas de Zarat’ is the Domaine's special cuvée, produced only when favourable conditions prevail, and in limited volumes. Made from a blend of Carignan, Grenache Noir and Syrah, it is packed with dark garrigue fruit scents and tastes with wonderful spicy undertones and pitchy tannins.
- Bottle £15.95
- Bottle Case £191.40
The appellation of Minervois, which came into official being in 1985, covers a vast tract of the Western Languedoc, bordered by the Canal du Midi in the south, the Montagne Noire in the north, the hills of Narbonne in the east and the gates of Carcassonne in the west. With over 5000 hectares under vine, 30 cave co-opératives
and 200 hundred independent producers, quality is, inevitably, variable but there are some great and great value wines to be found if one is prepared to do the leg-work. After years of failing to find a perfect match for our qualitative and (equally important) cost requirements, we were lucky enough to secure an inaugural allocation of the terrific Minervois ‘Tradition’ made by Claude and Martine Derroja at their Domaine Le Cazal last year. To say that it has been well-received would be an understatement – it has fast established itself as one of our very best sellers.
Based 3 kilometres east of the picturesque hill village of Minèrve, from which the region takes its name, Domaine Le Cazal (where Claude is a fifth generation vigneron independent
) comprises 17.5 hectares of vineyard grown on free-draining, rocky soils at 300 meters above sea level.
The late Simon Hoggart made the following observation in the Spectator: "As I never tire of reminding you, the best-value French wines are now being made in the south of the country. They are frequently of a standard most Bordelais never attain, and generally cost half as much."