AOC Cabardes Chateau de Brau
Looking for good value, high quality French wine? Try this vintage, made in the Chateau de Brau vineyards in the Languedoc region. Made from a combination of three grapes - Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - the wine contains a slightly different blend each year. All three are vinified separately, and only then is the blend determined. This results in a full-flavored, deeply-coloured red wine, with flavours of sweet jammy fruits, damson, and blackcurrants. There's just a hint of spice to add complexity and balance, and you'll find this wine has excellent character and the right amount of bite to make it a high-quality wine.
Silver Medal - International Organic Wine Awards 2015 (2012 vintage)
Domaine de Brau
Comprising 40 hectares of vines, this charming estate to the north of Carcassonne and backing on to the Montagnes Noires is owned and run by Gabriel & Wenny Tari. They have reorganised the vineyards so that they are now perfectly framed by the natural constraints of wild scrubland to the north and the river to the south. The soils are composed of calcareous sandstone and loamy - chalky marls limited in depth by sandstone rocks. The climate is essentially Mediterranean, moderated by the Atlantic influence. According to Gabriel & Wenny "organic farming is not just a matter of doing nothing and watching the weeds grow. It is also watching the weeds grow. And it is observing in order to try to understand." The aim is to be custodians of a living soil, nourished by compost.
All vines have been organically certified since 1989. The vineyards comprise as many as 15 grape varieties - some more obscure and locally specialised such as Fer Servadou & Egiodola! With their mosaic of soils and their large family of grape varieties the Tari's produce a wide range of wines including, Vins de France, IGP Pays' d'Oc varietals as well as an excellent AOP Cabardes. The well-equipped cellar allows for detail, ensuring that all the careful handling and meticulous attention to dedication that is lavished on the grapes is reflected in the finished wines, allowing them to express perfectly their natural personalties.