2009 Chateau Jouclary - Cabardes
Although the origins of Cabardes date back to the 1200s, this AOC wine region was established in just 1999! On the northern border of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Pascal Gianesini use both Bordeaux and Rhone varietals in a region that receives both Atlantic and Mediterranean ocean influences. This is old-world in style with a rustic gravelly edge, lots of spice and guts with a slightly yeasty finish. This is the sort of gem you would find while traveling in France, but rarely seen outside of the area.
A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this hearty red displays spice, leather, black fruit and a surprising perfumey undertone finishing with notes of gravel. Serving Suggestion: A wine for hunters and not gathers - wild game, grilled meats, hearty cheeses.