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Le Clos des Cazaux, presented by Douglas Harrison

6th October 2023

To open our 2023-24 season, we’re pleased to welcome back Douglas Harrison, who will introduce us to Le Clos des Cazaux.

Le Clos des Cazaux is owned by the fifth generation of the families Vache and Archimbaud who are among the oldest in Vacqueyras. Their tasting cellars date back to the 12th Century, at a former property of the Knights Templar. The domaine consists of 25 hectares in Vacqueyras and 15 in Gigondas. Jean-Michel Vache is irrepressible and is, without question, one of the best growers in the region. His viticulture is a mixture of lutte raisonée if needed, organics, biodynamics and what he happens to think is best from just being in his vineyards.

Highlights of the Tasting include:
  • Gigondas La Tour Sarrazine: 75% Grenache 15% Syrah 10% Mourvèdre, from vines 30 to 50 years old. Planted atop ‘Les Dentilles de Montmirail’, in the foothills of the Alps, above the Village of Gigondas, this vineyard was carved into the mountain in the 1950s by Jean-Michel’s Grandfather and has an unusual mix of soils, clay, sand and gravel which bring a wonderful character and complexity to the wine. It is beautifully full, soft and round with a beautiful touch of spice and a very refined and elegant finish.
  • Vacqueyras ‘Grenat Noble’: 100% Grenache from 50 year old vines. This wine is the result of extraordinary climatic conditions, and is only produced in years when “Noble Rot” occurs in one special part of the vineyard. It has aromas of fig, honey and mirabell; intense black fruit flavours; rich and versatile enough to accompany dishes from Lamb to Foie Gras poêlé.

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