Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Languedoc France
Château des Karantes is a magnificent vineyard situated within the La Clape Appellation on Coteaux du Languedoc at the southwest of France. The domaine lies in a small valley just two minutes away from the Mediterranean between the seaside resort towns of Narbonne Plage and St. Pierre sur Mer. The site is named after a historic Bishop of Carcassonne who owned the estate hundreds of years ago. A cepage of Grenache, Syrah and Mourverdre are fashioned into an exciting wine of piquant fruit characters and crisp, refreshing tannins.
Domaine de Karantes is 190 hectares of choice viticultural property, many of which are currently under vine, nestled in the Mediterranean Garrigue. The vineyards extend along the limestone, clay and rocky slopes which form the Massif or ridge of La Clape. Breathtaking views offer a beautiful panorama of the Pyrenees mountains visible in the distance. Grenache, Mourverdre, Syrah and Mourverdre grapes are hand picked off vines planted to clay and limestone soils, sorted and gravity transferred to 60 hectolitres oak vats. Vinification and macerations can last for up to a month and are followed by ageing in a collection of well seasoned 300 and 600 litres French oak barrels and larger format oak tanks.
Dark plum colour with scarlet hues. The nose exhibits dominant Grenache characters of caramel, tobacco and toasty nut accents. The delicious palate offers black fruit and berry flavours, ripe cherries and plum. A velvety mouthfeel and nicely drying tannins, well balanced, supple and round. In the spicey, savoury style of the Mediterranean, ready to enjoy upon release with red meat, game and cheese.