Terre de Vins – October 2012

What to drink this weekend

TerreDeVins | Friday 12 October 2012

Every Friday, “Terre de Vins” takes a wine merchant’s advice to recommend a wine for the weekend and the food to match. This week: a “medicinal” Limoux.

This week, while the sun is still managing to fend off the first signs of autumn in certain regions, Martin Puyoou from La Cave à Part (Talence, SW France) recommends Le Cassagnau 2010 (Domaine de Cassagnau), an unusual AOC Limoux made, surprisingly, by a “doctor-cum-winegrower.

Indicative price: €9.

The wine:

“Here’s a great wine and a nice story. Jacques Abet is a qualified doctor who wanted to set up his practice “in a place where no one wanted to go”. He arrived in the Aude and set up his surgery a stone’s throw from the vines. Having cherished a passion for wine for many years, he finally became a ‘doctor-cum-winegrower’! His wines have their roots in the excellent, cobbly terroir of the Limoux winegrowing area: this wine, Le Cassagnau 2010, is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache. This is a southern Merlot, which means great opulence, fortunately kept under control by a temperate climate and cool nights. The Syrah and Grenache add fruit and spice. The wine is barrel-aged for 12 months without any new oak – a discreet ageing process which overall lends a certain elegance. This is an easy-to-drink wine with character. It is worthwhile noting that the estate has some superb terroir for Chardonnay and produces a very fine white wine, called Sarments d’Hippocrate.”

Food match:

“Le Cassagnau 2010 is a wine with that slightly spicy taste typical of the sunny south, which is best matched with the generous flavours of Mediterranean-style cuisine. I’d match it with a lamb or pigeon pastilla, or a rack of suckling pig with artichokes in olive gravy…”

Domaine de Cassagnau

Jacques Abet

4, domaine de Cassagnau, 11 300 Pauligne