Our Wines

Who would have guessed that it is possible to produce an aromatic, fresh Pinot Noir on the limestone slopes of Montolieu, in the West of the Languedoc ? Parti Pris represents a strong commitment to develop aromas and delicatesse. Parti Pris translates what we like to do : taking risks, trusting our intuition !

DOMAINE

The Domaine de Cazaban is situated in the foothills of the “Montagne Noire” (Black Mountain). The property consists of 27ha, of which 22ha are planted with vines. These vines are planted on soils of clay, limestone and schist which affords the grapes an exceptional quality and diversity of style.

GRAPE

The grapes for the « Parti Pris » are harvested by hand in 15kg boxes to preserve them from breakage and oxidation ; they are grown on vines on the Limestone slopes of Montolieu. The harvest begins, generally, mid-September.

VINIFICATION

Half of the grapes are vinified de-stemmed, the other half in full grapes. They are introduced into the tanks by gravity to ensure their quality and integrity. No oenological nor chemical produce are used for the vinification ; we leave the wine to develop naturally. The grapes are macerated for a short period of about 8 days to preserve the delicate aromas which characterise the « Parti Pris ». The wine is matured in large oak barrels (600 litre Stockinger ‘demi-muids ‘).

After a minimal ajustment of the level of sulphites and light filtration to ensure optimum limpidity and stability, the « Parti Pris » is bottled at the end of April.

TASTING NOTES

A red robe with shades of scarlet cherries. On the nose, « Parti Pris » develops subtle notes of red fruit and cherries. Well balanced, it reveals intense length on the palate with delicate notes of oak ageing.

This wine can be appreciated now or can be matured over time. It will accompany refined dishes ; meat in light sauces, poultry and fresh goat’s milk cheese.


  • MILLESIME 2019
  • IGP PAYS D’AUDE
  • Pinot Noir
  • 3000 bottles
  • Terroir Montolieu limestone
  • 100% hand picked

Hors Série n°1 - IGP Pays d’Aude

DOMAINE

The Domaine de Cazaban is situated in the foothills of the “Montagne Noire” (Black Mountain). The property consists of 27ha, of which 22ha are planted with vines. These vines are planted on ?ne soils of clay, limestone and schist which affords the grapes an exceptional quality and diversity of style.

IN THE VINEYARD

The Domaine has been certi?ed organic since 2007 with 13Ha converted to biodynamic, gaining Demeter certi?cation in 2013. All of the fertilizing treatments that are used are prepared on the Domaine using the Domaines’ own compost. Cow horn manure (500P) and silica (501) are applied on all vines. Any additional treatments that may be used comprise of nettles, horsetail and/or valerian. The vines are pruned depending on their variety in either the single guyot or goblet methods. A manual de-budding and removal of the suckers is done, and trimming (or topping) has been replaced with leaf trellising.

THE VINIFICATION PROCESS

After harvesting the grapes are immediately stored in the cold room at 6 ºC before pressing to attain the classic Hors Série No. 1 characteristics.

The bunches are pressed whole and without any maceration in order to maintain a light colour. The temperature in the tank is then reduced to 4ºC to let the pulp deposit solid elements.

The fermentation then starts when the temperature is raised to 18ºC. The vini?cation then proceeds without any chemical, or oenological, intervention. The wines are allowed to follow nature’s course. During the fermentation, temperatures are retained at 18 ºC to preserve freshness and aroma.

Hors Série No. 1 is bottled in the first quarter. Before bottling Hors Série No. 1 undergoes a light ?ltration with a minimal addition of sulphites to guarantee clarity and an optimal stability.

TASTING NOTES

Hors Série No. 1 is a re?ned style of rosé; subtle and delicate. A serious rosé for wine lovers, full of fruits and freshness.

FOOD PAIRING

Due to its crisp acidity and diverse aromatic pro?le Hors Série No. 1 will perfectly accompany summer meals of salads and barbecues.

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