Anne Gros and Jean Paul Tollot, both fifth-generation winemakers in their respective domaines in Vosne-Romanée and Chorey-les-Beaune in Burgundy, joined their expertise in 2008 to create the Terroirs de Cazelles in the Haut Minervois area of the Languedoc. The influence is obvious as the style of wines emphasize acidity and freshness more so than many other producers from the warmer, sunny region of Languedoc.
Cazelles is a tiny hamlet at 220 meters which is a high elevation for Minervois. The domaine is comprised of 15 hectares / 37 acres distributed among 6 vineyards, of which 5 have been baptized as L’O de La Vie, Les Combettes, Les Fontanilles, La Ciaude, and Les Carrétals. Each cuvee is coming from AOC Minervois classification.
Les Carrétals is a very special high elevation 1.07 hectare vineyard planted in 1909 to mostly Carignan and Grenache on pure limestone. The “Richbourg” of the south – Anne Gros
Vines are cared for according to “lutte raisonée” principles, following organic practices and avoiding chemical treatments as much as possible. Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Wines are aged, depending on the cru, in a combination of stainless steel tank and older French oak barrique.
Petits échos du millésime 2018 : par “Andreas Larsson”
“Inky dark purple colour. Darker fruit notes like blackberry, cassis and dark cherry with a hint of oak, smoked meat and pepper. Digest but dense palate with crunchy dark fruit, finely spicy with mild tannin, modest oak and a long lingering finish with plenty of spice.”