WINES - CAPRICES
Our Caprices range highlights the power of terroir - each wine in this range is crafted to express those particular parcels that show individuality and character
Caprices AOP Terrasses du Larzac
The appellation, AOP Terrasses du Larzac, is relatively young, having been established in 2004 as a territory of AOP Languedoc and becoming it's own appellation in 2014. Despite its youth, the area has generated a lot of interest. Writer and journalist Andrew Jefford summed it up best:
"If you were to write me out a cheque for a million Euros and tell me to go to find somewhere to make great red wine, I would look most closely of all at Terrasses du Larzac." (2008)
Our newest Terrasses du Larzac offering is the 2017 Caprices. We describe it as having a dark, rich colour with strong and aromatic notes of cassis and hints of leather and the garrigue (rosemary, thyme etc.). The palate is fine and rich with soft tannins and a lovely round finish. It is mouth-filling without being heavy. We suggest pairing it with roasted lamb leg with lentils, spicy slow cooked beef or venison in a dark gravy.
Decanter writer Georgina Hindle rates our 2017 Caprices 91/100, saying,
"Blackcurrant intensity on the nose, immediately identifiable and welcoming. The palate is so juicy and chewy, incredibly lively with almost mouthwatering acidity. This is a fun style, happy and not at all heavy, with red and black fruits, cherries, raspberries and sweet strawberries. Tannins are grippy in all the right places and this feels like a well-made, balanced wine with great freshness. A touch of liquorice lingers on the finish adding complexity at the end."
Caprices Viognier IGP Saint Guilhem le Désert
We only release a 100% Viognier when we think it's a step above what's ordinary. We think this is a wine for those searching for a clear Viognier expression, both on the nose and on the palate.
This wine pleases with a pale yellow with gold tints. The nose is perfumed, elegant and subtle. Aromas range from dried apricots and creamy pear to ripe quince and lemon curd. The nose evolves over time and is worth spending a moment to watch it change. The palate of this wine is soft but powerful with intense flavours of gooseberry, citrus flower and quince. There is a hint of phenolics in the mid palate, which along with the fresh acidity makes this wine ideal for rich foods and for ageing. Try pairing with blue cheese or Comté, oysters, courgette gratin or onion soup!
"This is the liquid twin of an apricot-cream Danish pastry - dry (elegantly so, thanks to the racy line of yuzu-fragrant acidity), but the flavours are almost knee-bucklingly seductive. It tastes, also, of chin-dripping golden-orange peaches, poached quince, fresh fennel, sweet cicely. And it tastes of the candied-green gentle bitter- sweetness of candied angelica. There are few Languedoc Viogniers that have achieved this intersection of freshness, complexity, weight, elegance and drinkability. Drink 2021-2024 17/20" (May 2021)