Château de Caraguilhes Appellation Corbières Boutenac
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Soil Clay-limestone, hillside position with large rounded stones
Location Terroir de Boutenac, at an altitude of 150-200 m, North-north-west facing
Culture Ecocert certification – organically grown grapes with no pesticides or herbicides. Organic wine.
Grape varietals 80% Carignan, 20% Mourvèdre. Carbonic maceration of the Carignan from the St Jean parcel of land, and the Mourvèdre from the La Tour vineyard. The Carignan grapes from La Forge are vinified without stalks. 100% matured in vats and bottles.
Eye Deep red with violet glints demonstrating an excellent maturity in such a young wine.
Nose Very concentrated with notes of blackberry, black pepper and liquorice. Subtle secondary aromas of peony and fresh fig.
Palate L’Echappée Belle was created for the 2011 vintage, and epitomises the alchemy of soil type, grape varieties and the exposition of Caraguilhes. The unique characteristics of the old Carignan St Jean and younger Carignan de la Forge grapes, underpinned by the judicious addition of Mourvèdre de la Tour, are clearly evident in the bottle. The different varietals are blended early, after maturing in vats for around 6 months, and the wine is bottled in June. L’Echappée Belle is then matured for a year in bottle before being sold. This wine, full-bodied, taut and crisp, has its own personality, impossible to find elsewhere. The concept of L’Echappée Belle is the desire to go off the beaten track, to concentrate on the intrinsic qualities of Carignan, matured in-bottle, 100% organically.
Tips on service Serve between 16° and 17°.
Food and wine matching suggestions Slow-cooked leg of lamb in a thyme crust, quail with truffles, coq au vin, confit de canard… and chef Marc Schwall suggests pairing this wine with dessert, for example apricot and peach crumble. Mellow and fruity, it can also be enjoyed on its own.
“L’Echappée Belle is a hommage to the carignan grape : sensual, fruity and elegant. Dark fruits and pepper, succulent, little by little opening into refreshing notes of fig and liquorice, with a slightly minty finish.”
Terre de Vins 2016