September 2018 Wine Club Red

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Jean-Claude Zabalia, one of the Languedoc’s most talented winemakers, spent over 20 years at Saint Martin de la Garrigue before striking out on his own to start Château des Deux Rocs in 2012. Like any new venture undertaken by a seasoned veteran, Jean-Claude did his homework. In his many searches for great terroir in the Languedoc, he came across Cabrières—an area already known for producing outstanding rosé, but what he found was so much more.

The vines of Jean-Claude’s new domaine, Château de Deux Rocs, are located in the isolated Vallée des Crozes. This enclosed valley is protected from the dominating winds of the region and benefits from more than 220 days of sun per year. His vines are planted at nearly 1000 feet above sea level in deep schist soils, higher than anyone in the region has planted before. These elements lend a delicate and finessed nature to his wines.

The bottlings from Deux Rocs are aptly named “Prémices,” meaning a sign of things to come. Experts are unanimous in believing that great things are to come from this exciting new domaine.

The Languedoc-Cabrières Rouge is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache Noir. The fruit is hand-harvested and malolactic fermentation is done with indigenous yeast in steel tanks for about 20 days. The wine in not filtered and is aged for six months in stainless steel.

This is a light, fruity, dry wine with notes of raspberry, strawberry, and subtle peppery notes. The Syrah provides good tannin structure and acidity, and moderates the intense fruit of the Grenache Noir.

Since this wine pairs perfectly with grilled, stewed and braised meats, we recommend you try this the next time you cook out-doors.

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