REGION GRAPES Costires de Nmes AOC
VITICULTURE 70 Grenache, 20 Mourvedre, 10 Syrah Organically farmed, hand-picked fruit.
VINICULTURE. Fermentation in 100 stainless steel tanks with natural yeast.
SOIL. Galets (round pebbles), sandy alluvial deposits and red shale.
PRODUCTION. 489 cases
Caz translates to crazy in a good way, a sentiment I have come to embrace as I branch out from Bordeaux, bringing you wines from new terroirs. I have been driving through this area for years on my back and forths between St Emilion and Falset. Plot the points between these two places on any map and you can see that I regularly get lost. On purpose, I admit. Crazy as it seems, thats sometimes how I find new things to do. I can go in any direction, so long as there are good people to work with when I get there.
Recently, at a lunch table with friends, we tasted this wine it was bright, fun, and completely refreshing. The wine totally complimented the food and good, honest farmers grew the grapes. The Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre in this blend hail from the tippy-toes of the Southwestern Rhne Valley where the attitude and exposition are truly Mediterranean. The juice is fermented in steel with natural yeast and the wine is left unoaked. I love this wine.
They live longer down here for a reason. Many people tell the story of falling in love with a wine they had on vacation, and I know exactly what theyre talking about... its the moment you taste it: with great friends, alongside great food and no clock ticking.
A bit about 2018: March saw a vigorous budbreak. This was followed by a very hot, humid and wet spring so there was quite a bit of strategic manual de-budding and leaf removal in order to get things properly aired out so as to prevent mildew. Summer arrived and it was a welcome one: hot and dry. Just what was needed, exceptionally favorable weather all the way through to harvest, and each plot was picked at optimum maturity. It took friends of mine in down in Montsant, Spain (Pep and Patri of Celler Comunica) to remind me that wines from the Mediterranean can also present beautiful freshness. My favorite reds are those that are left unoaked, that speak to the grape, the soil and the vintage. Fruit driven, great acidity and refreshing - the kind of wine you can drink all by itself. I hope you love it.
Michele DAprix, Winemaker MDX Soil Matters
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