** WE ARE SADLY TAKING NO MORE ORDERS FOR THIS WINE, DESPITE ITS HUGE POPULARITY.
WE HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT IT DEFINITELY CANNOT BE BOTTLED ON ITS ORIGINAL SCHEDULE OWING TO THE INDEFINITE CLOSURE OF THE CASTELMAURE BOTTLING PLANT.
WE HAVE EMAILED THE MANY CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THE WINE TO ALERT THEM TO THEIR OPTIONS.
WE ARE OFFERING THE 2017 VINTAGE TO THESE CUSTOMERS - ARGUABLY A BETTER VINTAGE - BUT WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO SUFFICIENT STOCK - YET - TO OFFER FURTHER ONWARD SALES BEYOND THOSE CUSTOMERS. THAT 2017 STOCK IS EXPECTED WITH US INSIDE 10-12 DAYS, COVID-19 DELAYS ALLOWING.
WE HOPE TO OFFER SOME OF THE 2017 TO OTHER CUSTOMERS SOON. WE WILL ALSO OFFER THE 2018 WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND CAN BE TRANSPORTED INTO THE UK! **
** We have received a sample of the 2017 vintage and just tasted it. It is very much as expected. The 2017 does not vary hugely from the 2018 tried a few weeks ago; it is closer to the 2018 than it is either of the other Outstanding Decanter Corbières. It is a fuller, warmer and darker-fruited version than was the 2018; it remains a very attractive glass of wine on its own (ie without food) - more so than the St-Esteve or Serres Mazard, which are more easily matched with dishes. It is not jammy or over-hot; it's rich but with good acidity, tannins and 'bite'. Like the 2018, it is the least complex of the three Outstandings, but makes up for this in its "yummy" (to quote Decanter) immediacy. The 2017 is no poor twin of the 2018 - I personally preferred it and rate it more highly - and it comes recommended.
We have recorded a video tasting for those who have 2 minutes free ...
Castelmaure, Hauts De Castelmaure, Corbieres, 2017 - Exel tasting video
Embres-et-Castelmaure is a tiny village in Corbières, with around 150 residents, all of whom are families of vignerons. Their co-operative Cave de Castelmaure - generally known now as Castelmaure - was founded in the 1920s and today consists of 65 members making wine from grapes hand-picked from 760 local plots (totalling 350 hectares). 90% of Castelmaure's production is red, with 80% of this classified as AOC Corbières, made from the appellation's key grape varieties:Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvedre.
Surrounded by mountains and adjoining the vineyards of Fitou, this wild, windswept terrain has a variety of soils from schist, limestone, alluvial river wash to clay-chalk. The co-operative is modern, innovative and extremely well-run producing excellent and award-winning wines.
To wit, this wine, being
40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Carignan.
For more/full details, see the blue link below for a detailed data sheet from/by the producers themselves
Castelmaure, Hauts de Castelmaure, Corbières 2018 - fiche technique
An expressive and open nose, full of damson jam and cassis notes, and that unmistakable garrigue aroma of heather and wild thyme. Plenty of body and soft, ripe tannins. A great all-round wine for drinking on its own or with food. Ideal with beef daube, casseroles and other tender red meats.
ABV = 14.5%.
** PLEASE SEE ORDERING/AVAILABILITY/DELIVERY NOTE ABOVE. **