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Corbières Grande Cuvée, Castelmaure 2019

Red Wine from France - Languedoc - Roussillon
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From the Fitou end of Corbières, close to Roussillon, and one of the best co-ops in the business, this is intense in colour, super-generous, rich and deeply expressive with almost Rioja-like spice and elegance. A splendid red from an extraordinary vintage. Team this up with a cassoulet.
Price: £14.50 Bottle
Price: £87.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: FC42671

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Carignan Grenache
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Cave de Castelmaure

The co-operative Cave de Castelmaure was founded in the 1920s, and today consists of 65 members, 15 of whom are responsible for around 85% of the company’s output.

Embres & Castelmaure is the fusion of two villages, deep in the Corbières, surrounded by mountains and adjoining the vineyards of Fitou. This is frontiersman country, wild in terrain and, for most of the year, windswept too. The location may feel like the back of beyond, but the co-operative is modern, innovative and among the best run anywhere.

The nearest town of any size is Durban which gives its name to one of the 11 crus of the Corbières. What distinguishes Durban is the rugged countryside and the hot summers, but these relieved by cool breezes, a definite bonus for the vines, especially the fruity whites like grenache blanc and macabeu.

Of The majority of the 350 hectares, however, most is dedicated to the production of red wine. 90% of Castelmaure’s production is red, with 80% of this classified AOC Corbières. The company grows the major Corbières grape varieties, including the aforementioned white grapes as well as grenache noir, syrah, carignan, and mourvèdre. These are grown on a variety of soils: schist, limestone, alluvial river wash and clay-chalk.

To keep quality levels high among such varietal diversity, the team employs rigorous quality control: the vineyards are split into 760 individual parcels, the details of which are recorded electronically. Each plot is monitored by its own technician, who ...
The co-operative Cave de Castelmaure was founded in the 1920s, and today consists of 65 members, 15 of whom are responsible for around 85% of the company’s output.

Embres & Castelmaure is the fusion of two villages, deep in the Corbières, surrounded by mountains and adjoining the vineyards of Fitou. This is frontiersman country, wild in terrain and, for most of the year, windswept too. The location may feel like the back of beyond, but the co-operative is modern, innovative and among the best run anywhere.

The nearest town of any size is Durban which gives its name to one of the 11 crus of the Corbières. What distinguishes Durban is the rugged countryside and the hot summers, but these relieved by cool breezes, a definite bonus for the vines, especially the fruity whites like grenache blanc and macabeu.

Of The majority of the 350 hectares, however, most is dedicated to the production of red wine. 90% of Castelmaure’s production is red, with 80% of this classified AOC Corbières. The company grows the major Corbières grape varieties, including the aforementioned white grapes as well as grenache noir, syrah, carignan, and mourvèdre. These are grown on a variety of soils: schist, limestone, alluvial river wash and clay-chalk.

To keep quality levels high among such varietal diversity, the team employs rigorous quality control: the vineyards are split into 760 individual parcels, the details of which are recorded electronically. Each plot is monitored by its own technician, who is responsible for pruning, ploughing, yield- management, sorting and selection, all of which is done with the environment in mind.

The difference between a truly good co-op and a mediocre one is usually the people involved, and Castelmaure is no exception. The president is the dynamic and mildly eccentric Patrick de Marien, who has both vision and flair, and has been the creative genius behind the labels, the cuvées and the names.

His right- hand man is Bernard Pueyo, a burly bear of man, deeply entrenched in the Corbières and the creator of so many delicious wines. Another force has been Michel Tardieu, a lone-ranging Rhône negociant whose consultancy skills have injected winemaking know-how from both the Rhône and Burgundy. So remote is Embres & Castelmaure, yet so open to the world around.

Only top-quality grapes are accepted. These are then processed using excellent modern technology, including temperature-controlled vats and an ultra-modern pressing machine, which contribute to a more authentic expression of the terroir. The more premium wines – such as their Cuvée Corbières and No. 3 Corbières – then undergo barrel ageing for between 10 and 14 months in French oak.
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