- Domaine le Clos de Cazaux
- Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre
- 2021 - 2032
- Case size
Goedhuis, November 2019
This cuvée follows the same winemaking policy as the Vacqueyras Cuvée St Roch but has a more serious earthy side with masses of wild autumnal fruits and towering structure thanks to a grainy tannic core. Pleasing density and a warming, rich mouthfeel makes this the perfect winter cuvée.
Wine Advocate, August 2019,
Black cherries and licorice appear on the nose of the 2018 Gigondas La Tour Sarrasine, an assemblage of 70% Grenache and 15% each Mourvèdre and Syrah. It's full-bodied and velvety, showing decent depth and length. An overall solid effort that should drink well for close to a decade. Drink Date 2020 - 2028
Jeb Dunnuck, September 2019,
Moving to the 2018s, the 2018 Gigondas La Tour Sarrasine offers a forward, sweetly fruited, incredibly charming style as well as classy notes of black cherries, black raspberries, scorched earth and garrigue. It’s medium-bodied, has plenty of ripe tannins, and I suspect is going to be an outstanding wine.
Domaine le Clos de Cazaux
Brothers Jean-Michel and Frédéric Vache run this Southern Rhône estate with passion, determination and a great enthusiasm for their region. With an aversion to oak ageing, they are more interested in expressing the fruit character of the varieties and their terrific terroirs. Alongside this philosophy, late picking, long maceration periods, and extended élevages give the wines their signature primal density. This estate is an excellent source of good value wines.
An area for red and rosé wines Gigondas has been an appellation in its own right since 1971. Though they can occasionally be more rustic, the reds are often considered a miniature version of Châteauneuf du Pape. Part of this may have to do with the same limited yield restrictions and minimum alcoholic strength (12.5 %), but they also share some of the same varieties including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Certain bottlings can be approached shortly after release, but many benefit from several years of cellaring. Like Châteauneuf du Pâpe, aged bottles of Gigondas take on appealing gamey and forest floor aromatics which make them particularly enjoyable with roast meats.