Les Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras and Gigondas Pre Arrival Offer - Save 25%

Les Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras and Gigondas Pre Arrival Offer - Save 25%

Southern Rhones at great prices
Les Clos des Cazaux, facing the rocky slopes of Les Dentelles de Montmirail, is run by charismatic brothers Jean-Michel and Frédéric Vache. The Archimbaud-Vache family - owners of Clos des Cazaux - are one of the oldest families in Vacqueyras, with roots dating back to 1791. Even the building containing the tasting cellars dates back to this era.
The estate gets its name from when the property was owned by the Knights Templar. At the time, a cattle grower in this area was called a 'Chazal', but this word evolved over the years into 'Cazau/x'. The family began bottling their wine under the name Clos des Cazaux in 1959 and have never looked back. Several of the cuvee names and labels pay hommage to this heritage.
The scope of their vineyard holdings was extended beyond Vacqueyras in 1936 when a member of the family, Gabriel Archimbaud, was involved in the classification of the term Côtes-du-Rhône. Clos des Cazaux has been making wines under this appellation ever since, and in 1954 began making Gigondas when the family purchased vines in that area.
The Clos des Cazaux vineyards in Vacqueyras are beautiful, well-exposed suntraps that ripen around two weeks earlier than the hilly, cooler Gigondas sites. The soils, mostly clay, sand and limestone, are often covered in large, flat, pebbles.
Organically farmed and benefitting from the warm, drying effect of the Mistral wind, old vines yield pure fruit, creating some of the most seductive, well-priced wines in the region.
We are delighted to offer this old domaine to our portfolio. There are some terrific wines at very reasonable prices. To make them even more appealing we present all wines at a 25% Pre Arrival Discount.
The wines are enroute from France and will arrive mid August.
Vacqueyras Cuvee des Clefs d'Or Blanc 2019
Landed Price $49.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $37.50
Producer
50% Clairette, 30% Roussane, 20% Grenache blanc. Vine age 20-40 years. Bright pale gold color with green reflections. Expressive, in addition to its floral and fruity aromas, revealing notes of fennel (anise), typical of the Clairette grape variety. The attack is supple and fruity. The balance and finesse of the wine is revealed in the mid-palate. The finish is marked by persistence of fruit and this freshness (acidity) which makes the minerality of the terroir vibrate.
Jancis Robinson
50% Clairette, 30% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc. Aged in tank for nine months.
Tasted blind. Honeycomb and waxy nose with a note of dried jasmine. Nice weighty palate that also shows good fresh acidity and a bruised-apple note. Lovely wine that is great now but will age nicely. (Drink between 2020-2024). 16.5/20
Vacqueyras Cuvee des Clefs d'Or Blanc 2020
Landed Price $49.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $37.50
50% Clairette, 30% Roussane, 20% Grenache blanc. Vine age 20-40 years. No tasting note yet.
Vacqueyras Cuvee St Roch 2018
Landed Price $48.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $36.50
Producer
70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre. This cuvée is made from old vines, aged 30 to 60 years, located at the front of the estate: it is a selection of terroirs mainly of clay-limestone marls and clay-sandy slopes, which are identical each year. It represents what is traditionally done as a blend of grape varieties in Vacqueyras. Manual harvest. Grapes are vinified separately so that each can be harvested at their optimum maturity. Aging for 18 months in stainless steel and concrete vats.
 
Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Deep violet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes primary red and blue fruit and pungent flowers, and a spicy nuance gains strength in the glass. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen through the midpalate. Finishes long, silky and sweet, with rounded tannins adding gentle grip. Raised in a combination of concrete and stainless steel tanks. 91-92 Points
Vacqueyras Cuvee des Templiers 2018
Landed Price $53.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $40.50
Producer
Grenache and Syrah. Vine age 30-50 years. Cropping level 25-30 hl/ha. “Our Grandfather was among the first winegrowers to plant Syrah in Vacqueyras in the 1960s. The vines were planted on the marly and clayey-sandy slopes and are in a way the signature of the estate. They are exposed East-West, so the sun warms the bunches very early in the morning allowing a significant synthesis of sugars. In addition, the sandy soils are very poor, resulting in a low yield. The grapes are harvested manually and are destemmed but not crushed in order to optimize the fruit. Fermentation lasts between 20 to 25 days depending on the vintage. Thus, we obtain a wine with powerful and persistent aromas of red fruits, spices and violets due to its higher proportion of syrah. Its dark red color and strong tannins in its youth are also characteristics of Syrah wines.”
Gigondas Cuvee de la Tour Sarrazine 2019
Landed Price $58.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $43.50
Producer
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre. Vine age 30-60 years. Cropping level 30 hl/ha. From the extreme southern end of the appellation on Dentelles de Montmirail (limestone soils). This powerful and warm wine comes from a selection of exceptional terroirs. Indeed, our Gigondas vineyards are located on the arid hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The mistral blows regularly on the slopes, which makes it possible to limit phytosanitary treatments. In addition, the land is scarce, the soil rocky and sometimes even, our vines are on stone fields. This terroir produces a wine to keep, 10 years without problems. This cuvée represents what is traditionally done as a blend of grape varieties in Gigondas. Manual harvest. Grape varieties vinified separately to be able to harvest each at their optimal maturity. Fermentation in full harvest lasts 3 weeks. Aging for 24 months in stainless steel or concrete vats.
Gigondas Cuvee Prestige 2017
Landed Price $75.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $56.50
Gold Medal Vinalies d'Or 2020
Producer
50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre. Vine age 30-40 years. Cropping level 25 hl/ha. Terroir: Dentelles de Montmirail blue clay. Aging: In oak barrels and enamelled vats for 18 months. Handpicked when ripe, these grapes from old partially destemmed and are vinified in stainless steel vats for 4 weeks and then aged in oak barrels. This rather particular breeding is necessary to "tame" this arid soil which gives powerful and tannic wines. Intense ruby color with deep and sustained purple reflections. Expressive and complex opening with notes of liquorice but also of coffee, cocoa, small wild red fruits and garrigue. Concentrated, rich and suave supported by elegant tannins. Harmonious and balanced finish reminiscent of blackcurrant.
Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Bright purple. Smoke-accented cherry and dark berries on the highly perfumed nose; sexy incense and exotic spice qualities emerge with aeration. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering floral-tinged boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors and a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. Finishes supple, broad and extremely long, with sneaky tannins and a lingering violet pastille note. (Drink between 2025-2034). 94 Points
Jeb Dunnuck
Not yet bottled, the 2017 Gigondas Prestige is a smaller production cuvée and comes from the oldest vines of the estate (the blend is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre) and is vinified and aged in French oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a concentrated, medium to full-bodied Gigondas that has complex notes of blackcurrants, cedary herbs, pepper, and crushed mint. It has good acidity, present yet ripe tannins, and a great finish, and is certainly a beautiful Gigondas in the making. Unfortunately, there are only 700 cases made. 92-94+ Points
Vacqueyras Cuvee Grenat Noble 2016
Landed Price $71.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $53.50
Gold medal and Trophy for the best red Vacqueyras Jury Consommateurs Concours des Vins 2019
Producer
Grenache with 30% noble rot. Yield: 20 hl/ha. Aging: 36 months in old oak barrels and enamelled vats. “This cuvée is the result of extraordinary climatic conditions. The first cuvée produced in 1992 owes its birth to the violent storms and floods which affected the region (and more particularly Vaison la Romaine). The days which followed were radiant and embellished with Mistral, and we were therefore able to continue the harvest or rather the remains of a rotten harvest ... but noble rotten! Following our first involuntary test in 1992, we wanted to try to reproduce this wine; but we had to wait until 1995 to succeed in isolating the plots (completely different from 1992) capable of producing noble rot. Unfortunately, the “noble” phenomenon does not happen every year despite late harvests (October 15). Obviously manual harvest, gravity vatting without crushing or destemming,  fermentation lasts 2 or 3 weeks depending on the vintage.”
Cellar Tracker
A rich, full-bodied southern Rhône wine made up with 100 percent Grenache (50 years old vines) ; 30 percent of the grapes was affected by noble rot (pourriture noble, botrytis cinerea). It was aged for three years in large old oak casks. Intense garnet-red in color and an enticing nose of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, kirsch liqueur, pencil lead and a hint lavender. The powerful but elegant palate offers concentrated black stone and plum fruit, sweet spices, a well-balanced structure and lively but quite suave tannins. Solid aftertaste. Let the wine breathe one hour before serving. Although still young, the wine is already well drinkable now, but it should develop nicely with 2–4 additional years of cellaring. 91 Points
Orders may also be placed to [email protected] or phone (03) 9326 5737. Wines have been collected from the domaine and will be enroute from France next week.
 
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