Domaine de Cassagnau: Our secret from the foothills of the Pyrenees

We have been thrilled with the customer response from these three new wines (red/white/rosé) that arrived at the end of the summer from Southwest France.
Family-owned since the eighteenth century, the estate owes its longevity to its women.

First, Jacques's grandmother, Berthe, managed the estate for six long decades through two world wars and many a viticultural crisis. He inherited this family property from his mother, Jacqueline.

Today, it’s thanks to influence of his wife, Colette, that Jacques turned his back on a career in medicine to return to viticulture and winemaking on the family property. 

A 100% Chardonnay from the chalky limestone soils of Limoux and resembles a ripe but crisp Burgundy – like a Saint Véran.  No oak but gloriously generous on the palate. 
Enjoy on its own or with poultry, seafood, or cheese and mixed crudités.

It displays a pale Provencal hue but is a blend of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc giving a delicate berry fruit with just the lightest crunch of pepper and spice from the Cabernet tannins. 
A cheery pink for winter.

This leans toward the Mediterranean in style as a Syrah/Grenache blend, but its dose of Merlot pulls you back towards a traditional southwest, "Bordeauxesque" wine.
Surely the best all-purpose French red (under £11) when you can’t decide between a Bordeaux and a Côtes du Rhône. 

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