Castelmaure

S.C.V. Castelmaure was founded in the 1920’s and today consists of 65 members, of which 15 bring 85% of the production. The winery is located in the unofficial Corbières cru site of Durban (there are 11 unofficial Cru’s in Corbières), which will become soon an official Cru together with Boutenac and Alaric. The Serre mountain in the south protects the little plateau of Castelmaure from the off weather patterns of the Mediterranean sea.

 

The AOC Corbières was created in 1985 and measures 23,000 hectares (56,810 acres). The appellation requires a minimum of two grapes in a wine blend. The co-op farms 350 hectares (868 acres) around the tiny hamlet of Embres et Castelmaure.  The 760 parcels are inspected and the characteristics recorded on computer. Each parcel is supervised individually by a technician who dedicates his time to this task. They have re-learned to prune, plough, check yields, sort, select, with a permanent focus on the respect of the environment. All the grapes are harvested by hand. In the cellar, vats hygiene, temperature control, ultramodern pressing contribute to a better expression of the terroir.
The soil is made of schist, limestone, alluvial river wash and argilo-calcaire.

Corbières Col des Vent

Classic vinification in temperature controlled vats. The wine is fined and slightly filtered before bottling.

 

Grape Varietals: 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah.
ABV: 13.5%
Serving Temp: 65-70°F

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Price: (12 packs) Fl $104.00, 3cs $100.00, 5cs $96.00
 
Grand Cuvee-Corbieres

In the early 1990’s, Castelmaure began experimenting with a Prestige Cuvée of Corbières. This wine has become known as “Grande Cuvée” and is made with the help of the winemaking team of Tardieu-Laurent. Made from 45% Grenache (20 year old), 45% Syrah (20 year old), 10% Carignan (40 year old).Vinification: destemming, pneumatic press, end of fermentation at 25 degrees celsius; two racking; aging in tank then in 220 Liter Bordeaux barrels for 10-12 months. Egg fining, slight filtration. 

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Price: (6 packs) Fl $100.00, 2cs $96.00, 4cs $92.00, 6cs $88.00