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Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Grenat Noble 2020

100% Old Vine Grenache (30% noble rot)

Clay-limestone slopes when morning humidity gives way to dry heat that gives “good” noble rot where the grape shrinks (thus concentrating its sugars), but is not broken (which would give “bad” grey rot). These climatic conditions only happen in certain years.

The wine is produced from 60 to 80 year old Grenach vines, of which 30% of the grapes have acquired “noble” rot. It is only produced in certain years where climatic conditions give rise to noble rot. The noble rot grapes are gorged with sugar but have not broken, hence the rot is “noble”.

Truly an exceptional and rare style of wine. It’s medium to full-bodied, with very elevated red fruit aromas and fine tannins. Fruit, pepper and wild herbs fill the long finish. This wine can be drunk young but will age beautifully over the next ten years.


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Producer profile

Domaine Clos des Cazaux has been growing wine for five generations and is based on two families, the Vaches and the Archimbauds. The domaine is now run by two brothers, Jean-Michel and Frédéric Vache. Their ancestor, Gabriel Archimbaud was the first to bottle wine in Vacqueyras. Gabriel created Le Clos des Cazaux in 1936. Today the domaine cultivates 48 ha (122 acres), of which 24 ha are in Vacqueyras, 20 ha are in Gigondas and 4 ha are in Côtes du Rhône. The Gigondas terroir is located on the small section of the appellation that is south facing which brings riper, bigger fruit than is generally found in the other wines of the appellation. Cazaux’s Gigondas soils are very high in limestone content which underpin a great mineral edge to their two cuvées. The Prestige cuvée made from old vines is partially aged in oak which provides additional complexity without over-powering the expression of terroir in the wine.
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