"Ego" Organic Domaine Cazes
Côtes du Roussillon Villages Rouge Ego, Domaine Cazes
France – 2020
Rich, fruity red from southern France, juicy with mulberries and blackberries and with a sweet hint of toffee on the nose.
Food Matching: Great to accompany quail skewers with dried fruits, poultry in sauce, and grilled meats. It can be easily kept for up to 5 years.
Vineyard: This Côtes-du-Roussillon-Villages AOC wine is made from an assemblage of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, all from a clay-limestone soil, with rolled pebbles from the foothills of the Corbières.
Vinification: Once harvested, the grapes are de-stemmed, then the fermentation lasts 4 weeks, followed by a malolactic fermentation. The extraction is reinforced by manual pumping over and punching twice a day. The wine finally benefits from one-year aging in vats and 18-month storage in bottles in an air-conditioned cellar. It can be easily kept for up to 5 years.
Awards and Press News: Taking home not only Gold but a Critics' Choice award, this drew praise from judges for its "cheerful blueberry fruit and a drying lick of spice', began team leader Jade Koch, who thought it "generous without being over the top, with a balanced, considered and thoughtful palate, great minerality, and inky length'. Hide Above's Alonso Abed found it "herbal, savory and full-bodied, with some star anise', while New Street Warehouse's Tanguy Martin described "an explosion of fruit and spices, mixed with the right amount of tannins - great value!'. Gold Medal - Sommelier Wine Awards 2019.
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