Tasting Notes: Intense aromas of blackcurrant, redcurrant and blackberry blend with a touch of herbs and spice. A medium to full-bodied wine with lots of ripe fruits, plum and tobacco. Notes of pepper, liquorice and violet and a lovely toasty finish.
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Varieties: 60% Petit Verdot 40% Malbec
Pairing: Beef with Mole, black lentil curry or a herby kebab
More Info: In the heart of 160 uninterrupted hectares, the Domaine of Calmel and Joseph sits in a remarkable geographical position on the threshold of the Val de Dagne, at the foot of the Alaric Mountain and the Hautes Corbières.
At altitudes ranging from 240 to 300 metres, the cultivated plots are surrounded by richly diverse woodland and wild Mediterranean scrub.
The estate is a complex mix of geological and climatic influences at the confluence of the terroirs of the Corbières, Limoux, the Malpère, the Cabardès and the Minervois.
They have switched to organic farming for the entire estate. They use no chemical inputs, whether it be pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, but only natural products in extremely low doses such as sulphur or tiny amounts of copper, and principally plant extracts and essences. Their work consists of re-establishing life in the soils to encourage mycorrhizae, worms, bacterial activity, fungi and insects.