L'OSTAL CAZES - La Liviniere, AOC Minervois 2004
Powerful and full-bodied, L'Ostal Cazes wines reflect the appellation's exceptional terroir. The weather is more changeable and less severe than in other parts of the Languedoc, producing perfectly balanced, fine, and elegant wines.
These can be enjoyed young, as well as after several years of ageing. L'Ostal Cazes is very deep in colour, with purple highlights. The spicy bouquet simply bursts with garrigue, black fruit, blackberry, and Morello cherry. It is very full-bodied and rich, with ripe fruit and a wonderful unctuousness supported by elegant, distinguished tannins.
In the ancient 'langue d'Oc' language, 'I'Ostal' means both family and family house.
Michel Cazes gave his new estate this name, because it is full of meaning. Sheltered by the Montagne Noire, and in the heart of the Cathare country, L'Osta Cazes covers 370 acres in La Livinière.
The vines stretch over 148 acres, while hundred-year-old olive trees cover 62 acres. Surrounded by a magnificent landscape, the south-facing vineyard grows on terraces, and is planted in Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Carignan. Influenced by the Mediterranean weather and the coolness of the Causse plateau, the estate enjoys exceptional climate conditions. The greatest care is given to pruning and viticulture, and the grapes are handpicked.
Modern, high-performance equipment facilitates temperature-controlled fermentation under the best possible conditions. The wine is left on the skins for 20 days.
After 15 months of ageing in barrel, the wine is bottled during the spring of the second year following the vintage.
Thanks to a very strict selection, only 20% of the estate's total production is kept for the Grand Vin, L'Ostal Cazes.
Grape: Primarily Syrah, enhanced by Mourvedre, Grenache, and Carignan.