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Domaine des Cantarelles Cabernet/Syrah 2002

Other Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    "Full bodied, with good concentration and richness to the dark plum, dark cherry and blackberry flavors, which extend nicely on the finish with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Drink now through 2007." -The Wine Spectator

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    Domaine des Cantarelles

    Domaine des Cantarelles

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    Domaine des Cantarelles, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    Cantarelles is owned by Jean-Francois Fayel. The estate is located southeast of the city of Nîmes. This area was once the delta for the Rhone River and is considered part of the Rhône Valley as opposed to its neighbor, the Languedoc. The region has a warm climate that produces wines noted for their ripe fruit and rich texture. It is the last untapped region for quality wine production in southern France. Cantarelles' excellent location and cailloux-based soils (similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape's) create a spectacular environment for Cabernet and Sauvignon.

    Languedoc-Roussillon

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    An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good-quality, value-priced wines, Languedoc-Roussillon is the world’s largest wine-producing region, spanning the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border to Provence. Languedoc forms the eastern half of the larger appellation, while Roussillon is in the west; the two actually have quite distinct personalities but are typically grouped together. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and a frequent risk of drought. Roussillon, on the other hand, is defined by the rugged Pyrenees mountains and near-constant sunshine.

    Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Dry wines are often blends, and varietal choice is strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Maccabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc. International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In Roussillon, excellent sweet wines are made from Muscat and Grenache in Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury. The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    CDI753087_2002 Item# 77923