Chateau de Cabriac is located in the northwestern section of the rather large Corbières AOC – just downhill from the imposing Mount D’Alaric and facing the foothills of the Cavennes. The micro-climate here is still very much Mediterranean – surrounded by the typical garrigue landscape. They are a medium-sized family-owned estate that produces both red & white wines under the Corbières appellation as well as ‘Pays d’Oc’ wines (e.g. 100% Carignan). The congenial proprietors are Jean and his wife, Michèle Cibeins. Jean is a native of the region as a result, understands well what is required to produce typical wines from this terroir (primarily limestone and sandstone). The predominant grape varieties used in their blends are Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah for reds and Vermentino (Rolle) for whites. I was very much impressed by the ‘restraint’ and authenticity of their wines, which tend to not be so vicious and alcoholic as some from this warm region. Considering Cabriac’s long tenure, they have kept their pricing very reasonable.”
The domaine is composed of 70 hectares, with 25 hectares in the Corbieres AOC and 45 hectares considered Vin de Pays. The family was one of the first to introduce Syrah and Mourvedre into the AOC. The micro-climate allows for slower maturation of the grapes, resulting in balance and in intense flavors without over-ripeness.
Tasting Notes: Notes of honey candy, caramel, dried fruits, and quince. Fresh, with a refined nose of anise, lily, and acacia flowers. Bright acidity with a good structure for a white. In the mouth, it is peppery and spicy, with notes of cumin, honey, quince, and lily of the valley.”
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