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Awards and Medals

The team at Caraguilhes is delighted to share our wines with you at the château. Just let us know when you would like to come and we will be happy to introduce you to our whole range which expresses the character of our fantastic terroir in a modern and captivating way. Many of our wines have received medals from prestigious competitions and guides.

2016
La Revue du Vin de France Spécial Millésime 2016: 16-16,5/20
“A pure, deep expression of the cru Boutenac.” Translated from French

 

2015
La Revue du Vin de France Spécial Millésime 2015: 15,5-16,5/20
La Revue du Vin de France juin 2016: chosen as one of the 10 best organic wines available

 

2014
Bettane + Desseauve: 15/20
“Nose expressing a wonderful maturity and purity, exuberant fruit, spices, lilacs, dense mouthfeel, supported by clean, vigourous tannins. A wine of great authenticity.” Translated from French
Challenge Millésime Bio 2017:  Silver medal

 

2013

Wine Advocate: 89 points
“A more Carignan dominated blend, the 2013 Corbieres Boutenac l’Echappee Belle incorporates 20% Moruvedre and comes from the tiny cru inside the Corbieres appellation, Boutenac. Aged 10 months in tank and then aged a year in bottle, it offers classic Carignan notes of plums, violets, herbes des Provence and spice in a medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively, balanced style. It has the bright acidity common to Carignan, yet also has plenty of fruit and ripe tannin. Drink it over the coming 5-6 years.”
Bettane + Desseauve: Coup de Coeur
Revue des Vins de France 2015: 16/20

 

2011
Amphore 2013 Concours National des Vins Bio: Silver Medal
Challenge Millésime Bio 2014: Silver Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2014: Silver Medal
Fédération Culturelle des Vins de France: Prix d’Excellence

2018
Challenge Millésime Bio 2020: Silver Medal

 

2017
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2019 : Gold Medal

“Well-balanced, candied fruit flavours, full-bodied and round.” Translated from French
Jancis Robinson Collection Printemps 2019 Sud de France : 16,5/20
Bettane + Desseauve 2019 : 14,5/20
“Impressive aromatic potency, ripe fruit, with pleasant toasted mineral notes, great mouthfeel, round, and long, with tension supplied by a lovely vivacity. Dynamic.” Translated from French
Sélection Boutenac : 16,11/20

 

2016
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2018: Gold Medal

Challenge Millésime Bio 2018: Gold Medal

 

2015

Wine Advocate: 89+ points
“Graphite, pepper, iron, bay leaf and assorted darker berry fruits all emerge from the glass of the 2015 Corbières-Boutenac Solus, which is 40% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre with the balance Syrah. It’s medium to full-bodied, elegant and nicely textured on the palate, with integrated acidity and fine tannin, and should drink nicely for 4-7 years.”
Guide Bettane et Desseauve: 15/20
“Super-exuberant, the nose expresses aromas of blackberry jam, blackcurrant, plums, resiny notes of soft spices. Warm dense tannins and lots of fruit and freshness on the palate, with definite potential for laying down.” Translated from French
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2017: Gold Medal
“A refined nose, toasted notes, ripe fruit, round and full-bodied.” Translated from French

 

2014
Challenge Millésime Bio 2017: Gold Medal
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2016: Gold Medal

 

2013
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2015Gold Medal
Guide Hachette des Vins 2015: 1 star

 

2012

Wine Advocate: 90 points
“… the 2012 Corbieres Boutenac Solus is a barrel aged blend of 40% Carignan, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. More similar in style to the Prestige cuvee, with a medium to full-bodied, firm, focused profile, it offers lots of sweet black cherry, peppery herbs, new leather and damp earth to go with integrated acidity, solid mid-palate depth and fine tannin that emerges on the finish. I love the overall balance here, and this is a rock solid effort that will have 7-9 years, possibly more, of overall longevity.”
Wine Spectator: 90 points
Guide Hubert 2014: 4,5/5

 

2011
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2013: Gold Medal
Wine Spectator: 92 points
Amphore 2013 Concours National des Vins Bio: Gold Medal
Guide Hachette 2014: 1 star

 

2010
Concours Amphore 2012: Gold Medal
Guide Bettane et Desseauve
“Explosions of fruit, notes of pepper and violet, and a lovely freshness for this powerful, exuberant and voluptuous cuvée.” Translated from French
Signature Bio 2012: Gold Medal
Terre de Vins: Best organic red wine in the Languedoc, 15/20

 

2009
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2011: Gold Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2011 : Gold Medal with Special Mention
Guide Hubert 2011: 4.5/5

 

2008
Concours Signature Bio des Vins Méditerranéens 2010: Gold Medal with Special Mention
Guide Gault et Millau 2010: 17/20

 

2007
Guide Hachette des Vins 2010: Coup de Cœur 3 stars

2016
Wine Advocate :
 91 points
“The medium to full-bodied 2016 Corbières-Boutenac Prestige is a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 30% Syrah, one fourth of which was matured six months in French oak. It’s a bit more herbal and garrigue-laced than many Corbieres, adding additional complexity to the ripe cherry-raspberry flavors. The tannins are supple, turning silky on the finish, so it’s drinkable now and over the next 5-6 years.”
Challenge Millésime Bio 2018 : Silver Medal
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2018 : Finalist
“Ruby-red, clean and robust, with a long finish.” Translated from French

 

2015
Guide Bettane Desseauve: 14/20
“Exuberant nose, showing cherry, violets and liquorice, clean and juicy on the palate with a lovely fresh finish. Dynamic and well-balanced, very easy to drink.” Translated from French
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2017: Gold Medal
“Elegant on the nose, with a rounded, lush mouthfeel, silky tannins.” Translated from French

 

Wine Advocate: 91 points

 

2014
Wine Advocate: 91 points

 

2012
Guide Hubert 2014: 4/5
“Hints of leather, bayleaf and wild black fruits. Aromatic palate, lots of character, dense with powerful spicy tannins. Perfect with jugged hare.” Translated from French

 

Concours International des vins bios Amphore 2014: Gold Medal
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2015: Finalist

 

2011
Challenge Millésime Bio 2013: Gold Medal and Coup de Coeur
Guide Hachette 2014: 1 star

 

2010
Challenge Millésime Bio 2012: Silver Medal
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2012: Silver Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2012: Silver Medal

 

2009
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2011: Gold Medal
Challenge Millésime Bio 2011: Silver Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2011: Silver Medal
Guide Gault et Millau 2011: 16/20

 

2008
Guide Gault et Millau 2010: 16/20

 

2007
Concours Amphore 2009: Gold Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2009: Gold Medal

2018

Wine Advocate: 91 points
“A blend of 30% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2018 Corbières Boutenac Le Trou de l’Ermite spent six months in used barrels prior to being blended and bottled. Scents of roasted meat and mocha add a welcome edge to the aromas of blueberries and raspberries, and while the medium to full-bodied palate isn’t overly rich or concentrated, it finishes long, defined by mouthwatering acidity, soft tannins and lingering espresso notes.”
La Revue des vins de France – les Dégustations en Languedoc été 2020 : 14/20

 

2017
Challenge Millésime Bio 2020 : Gold Medal
Jancis Robinson Collection Printemps 2019 Sud de France : 16,5/20
Sélection Boutenac : 14,63/20

2018
Wine Advocate: 90 points
“From a stony, hillside vineyard, the 2018 Corbières Les Gourgoules is a blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Carignan. Both the Syrah and Carignan undergo carbonic maceration. Lifted and red fruited, it offers scents of red raspberries and herbs on the nose, while being medium to full-bodied on the palate. The tannins are soft and ripe, making for a smooth, expansive feel in the mouth, then add just a touch of dustiness to the finish. Certified organic.”
Concours des Corbières: Silver Medal

 

2017
Wine Advocate: 91+ points
“Like the other wines from this fine estate, it’s aged in concrete vats, which seem to help retain some of the region’s garrigue-like notes. In this medium to full-bodied cuvée, the Syrah stands out for its violet aromas and hints of licorice, while the other varieties seem to fill in around its structural core, adding notes of berries and cola.”
Challenge Millésime Bio 2019 et 2020: Silver Medal
Decanter 2019: 90 points, Silver Medal
Jancis Robinson Collection Spring 2019 South of France : 16/20
Bacchus – Le magazine du vin et de l’art de vivre: 90 points
“… this charming cuvée ‘Les Gourgoules’ presents intense aromas of blackberry, plums, cherries, black olives et pepper, underlined by floral hints of spice and mint. A silky attack to the palate, richly fruity. Well-structured, taut and complex, with a lovely long finish. A great organic buy!” Translated from French

 

2016
Wine Advocate : 91 points
“The 2016 Les Gourgoules is a new cuvée for this stalwart producer of Corbières. The 30% Carignan undergoes carbonic maceration, but the traditional vinification of the 40% Syrah and 30% Grenache balance that element, yielding a wine that’s marked by ripe blueberry fruit and hints of cola and lavender. It’s full-bodied and lush, drinkable now thanks to its silky tannins.”
Challenge Millésime Bio 2018 : Gold Medal
Guide Bettane et Desseauve 2019: 16,5/20, Coup de Coeur
“A complex nose, intense fruit, with notes of hot stone, spices and cachou. Superb mouthfeel, dense and not overloaded with alcohol, with pure fruit flavours, tight, elegant tanins, and a good fresh length. Very refined, but without the loss of the authentic character of the Corbières. Great value for money!” Translated from French
Guide Hachette 2019 : 1 star

2018
Concours Amphore des vins bio 2019 : Silver Medal

 

2017
The Sunday Times October 2020: One of the top 10 wines for autumn
“A comforting combination of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and carignan from Corbières in the Languedoc, this punchy red has an abundance of rustic red fruit and will pair well with autumnal stews.”
Wine Advocate : 91 points
“This estate’s “classic” bottling is a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Carignan. The 2017 Corbieres offers hints of garrigue, black cherries and raspberries on the nose, followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that’s more concentrated and layered than the Cochon Volant. It even adds savory components of black olives and roasted meat on the palate, plus a velvety finish. Nicely done!”
Challenge Millésime Bio 2019: Bronze Medal

 

2015
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018: Bronze Medal

 

2014
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017: Recommendation
International Wine Challenge 2017: Silver Medal
Japan Wine Challenge 2016: Silver Medal
Guide Bettane + Desseauve : 14,5/20
“Very fruity, with nuances of spice, flowers and truffles, an open, juicy, rounded and lively palate, with a good healthy balance.” Translated from French

 

2013
Challenge Millésime Bio 2016: Gold Medal
Challenge Millésime Bio 2015: Silver Medal
Concours Amphore  2015: Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge 2015: Bronze Medal
Guide rouge, Revue des Vins de France: 14/20
“… a classic wine delivering the appetising profile of the vintage, delicate and supple with an authentic expression of fruit.” Translated from French
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2015: Finalist

 

2012
Wine Advocate: 88 points
“A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan, the 2012 Corbieres offers a classic, perfumed and Provencal feel in its garrigue, sweet red and black fruits, leather and licorice laced aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, supple, sweetly fruited and straight up delicious, with a quaffable, hard to resist style. This has real character and will dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming 3-4 years.”
Challenge Millésime Bio 2014: Gold Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2014: Bronze Medal
Guide RVF 2014
“Fresh and rounded, with charming hints of candied fruit. The tanins are present in the length. A good, well-balanced Corbières.” Translated from French

 

2011
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2013: Gold Medal
“Full-bodied, long, complex, very good balance.” Translated from French
Challenge Millésime Bio 2013: Silver Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2012: Gold Medal
La Revue des Vins de France: 15/20
“A great success. Full of body, with excellent, mineral-y length. Refined and complex.” Translated from French

 

 

2010
Concours Amphore 2011: Silver Medal
Guide Gault et Millau 2011 : 15,5/20
“This wine is a real dive into the Mediterranean, with its seductive aromas of black olives, crushed strawberries, dried herbs and garrigue. Supple and delicious on the palate.” Translated from French
Guide Hubert 2011 : 4/5
“Fresh red fruit, cocoa, spices, nicely toasted on the palate, with bright, peppery tannins.” Pierre Casamayor, translated from French

 

2009
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2011: Gold Medal
Concours Corbières 2010: Gold Medal
Guide RVF des Vis à petit prix : 16/20
“Gorgeous black/purple colour. Full mouthfeel, good body with an impressive tannic structure. Great finish with sensational fruity length.” Translated from French

2018
Bettane + Desseauve 2019 : 13,5/20
“Very floral, fruity and fresh nose, plump and fleshy on the palate, slight effervescence which contributes to its lightness. Unpretentious, well made and refreshing.” Translated from French

2015
Challenge Millésime Bio 2017: Gold Medal

2019
Wine Advocate: 90 points
“No doubt some wine snobs bash so-called lifestyle brands. But it’s what a flying pig delivers in the glass that matters. The 2019 Corbières Cochon Volant offers bold, effusively fruity notes of raspberries and blackberries, plus hints of garrigue on the nose. It’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, delivering plenty of ripe berry flavors, buttressed by supple tannins and a plush, easygoing mouthfeel and finish. It won’t make old bones in the cellar, but it’s not meant to; drink it over the next 3-4 years.”
Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2020: Silver Medal

 

2018

Wine Advocate: 90 points
“An early-released blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 20% Syrah, the 2018 Corbieres Cochon Volant features generous amounts of upfront fruit, including notions of black cherries, raspberries and blueberries. It’s medium-bodied, with some of Cobrières’ stony texture coming through on the palate, which is otherwise smooth and supple, ending on a hint of licorice. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”
Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2019 : Gold Medal

2019

Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2020: Gold Medal

2017
Concours des Corbières 2018/9: Gold Medal

 

2016
Challenge Millésime Bio 2018: Gold Medal

 

2015
Le Journal du Dimanche choix pour les fêtes: 17,5/20

Concours Corbières 2017: Gold Medal
Challenge Millésime Bio 2017: Bronze Medal

 

2012
Guide Hubert 2014:
4.5/5

2019

Le Point : 15/20
“Refined, delicate nose, soft on the palate, with notes of mint and white fruits. Long, spicy and harmonious.” Translated from French

 

2018

Challenge Millésime Bio 2020 : Gold Medal
Jancis Robinson Collection Printemps 2019 Sud de France : 16/20

2017
Challenge millésime Bio 2018: Gold Medal

La Revue du Vin de France: 14,5-15,5/20
“Notes de fruits jaunes, de pêche de vigne, d’auberpine. Un vin suave et harmonieux, au subtil équilibre, parfait pour la table.”

 

2016
Challenge millésime Bio 2017: Silver Medal

 

2015
Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2016: Silver Medal

Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2016: Gold Medal
“Explosif, très aromatique, gras, bel équilibre, boisé.”

 

2014
Concours Amphore 2015: Gold Medal

Guide rouge, Revue des Vins de France : 16/20
“Un blanc incontournable de l’appellation Corbières pour son expression minérale et terrienne avec des notes racinaires en finale.”
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2015: Finalist

 

2013
Concours des Corbières 2014: Silver Medal

Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2014: Finalist

 

2012
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2013: Gold Medal
“Nez fin, fruit, bonne persistance.”

Concours Signature Bio 2013: Silver Medal

 

2011
Concours Signature Bio 2012: 
Gold Medal
Gault et Millau :
16/20

“Ce Corbières dévoile un nez gracieux, sur des senteurs sensuelles d’agrumes, d’abricots, de fruits blancs, d’amande, comme posés sur une trame minérale. Une densité veloutée et riche en bouche fait écho à ces arômes qui vous emportent dans la longueur.”

 

2010
Challenge Millésime Bio 2012: 
Gold Medal
Concours Amphore 2011: 
Silver Medal
Concours Signature Bio 2011: 
Gold Medal

 

2009
Guide RVF des vins à petit prix: 
16/20

“Stylisé, c’est un délicieux blanc du Sud.”

 

2008
Concours Signature Bio 2009: 
Gold Medal

2018

Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2019: Double Gold Medal

2018
Concours des Corbières 2019:
Gold Medal
Challenge Millésime Bio 2019: Silver Medal

 

2017
Guide Hachette des rosés 2018-2019: 2 stars

 

2016
Guide Hachette des rosés 2017-2018: 2 stars

Guide Bettane + Desseauve: 16/20
“Nez superbe, à la fois fruité et floral, nuances de guimauve, bergamote, bonbon anglais, bouche savoureuse, ultra aromatique, avec un fruit éclatant, de la minéralité, une texture fondante et une grande vivacité. Parfait équilibre, gourmand et superbement rafraichissant.”
 

 

2015
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2016: Gold Medal
Concours Mondial du Rosé 2016: Gold Medal
Guide Hachette des rosés 2016-2017: 2 stars

2019
Wine Advocate: 90 points

 

2018
Wine Advocate: 90 points
Challenge Millésime Bio 2019: Gold Medal
Concours des Corbières: Silver Medal

 

2017
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2018: Silver Medal

“Bon équilibre, bon aromatique”
Challenge Millésime Bio 2018: Gold Medal
Concours des Corbières 2018: Gold Medal

 

2016
Concours des Corbières 2017: Gold Medal

Challenge Millésime Bio 2017: Silver Medal
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2017: Finalist

 

2015
Challenge Millésime Bio 2016: Gold Medal

 

2014
Concours Signature Bio 2015: Gold Medal

 

2013
Concours Signature Bio 2014: Silver Medal

Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2014: Finalist

 

2012
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2013: Silver Medal

 

2011
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2012 : Silver Medal

Signature Bio 2012 : 
Gold Medal with special mention

 

2010
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2011 : 
Gold Medal

 

2009
Concours Signature Bio 2010 : 
Gold Medal
Guide Hachette 2011 : 
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