Gigondas, Cuvée de la Tour Sarrasine, Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux 2021


75cl ALC 14.5%

The vineyards of this wine are at 600m altitude with limestone soils giving it a juicy quality and greater elegance than those of stablemate Vacqueyras. The nose shows great restraint and a pleasing lift in a very ripe field. The palate too has scale but feels open and juicy with a mix of sweet, spicy and herby fruit, sappy acidity and fine tannins. 3-9 years.

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France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Gigondas

Still Red

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre


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Le Clos des Cazaux

Brothers, Jean-Michel and Frédéric Archimbaud Vache have run this domaine since taking over from their parents in 2010.

Based in Vacqueyras they have 46 ha of vines in total (26 in Vacqueyras, 16 in Gigondas and 4 of Côtes du Rhône), of which 20 surround the ancient Cazaux buildings, which now house the winery and cellars. It is these vines situated in a Clos around the winery from which the domaine takes its name. They were first planted in the 1950s, when the family planted vines on land that was too poor to sustain any other crop. The family were one of the first to bottle and market Vacqueyras wines. Jean-Michel takes control of the vineyard, whilst Frédéric is the winemaker, both are hugely passionate about making great wines in a sustainable and respectful way to the environment. Most of their work in the vineyards is by hand with the aim of keeping their old vines healthy, yields are low. The winemaking is careful and considered, with individual terroirs and grapes being vinified separately, ageing is usually in concrete or stainless steel meaning no filtration is necessary, just a few specific cuvées are aged in oak. Overall, the style is one where ripe, pure fruit shines through, they drink relatively young but have the structure to mature well.

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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