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The Cave de Castelmaure is one of our most exciting discoveries of recent years. In an appellation that is suffering more than almost any other in France, with vineyards being grubbed up in return for government subsidies, the Cave de Castelmaure shines out like a beacon of hope. To reach this co-operative you have to drive several kilometres down a single-track road, and when you finally arrive in the tiny village of Embres and Castelmaure (which incidentally has no shops, restaurants or even a bar) you are confronted with a modern, hugely impressive winery and tasting room.

The wines made by Castelmaure are even more remarkable, thanks to the skills of Bernard Pueyo, Director and chief winemaker. “Polished,” “modern” and “balanced” are words that appear time and again in tasting notes. Allied to this are labels that put to shame many of the most design-conscious European premium wine producers. To summarise, the wines from Castelmaure ‘tick all the boxes’ and are a must for any serious wine list.

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2013 La Pompadour Corbières, Castelmaure

    An intense crimson colour with a powerful nose of red and black fruits, herbs spices and hot stones, heated by the sun. The palated is very round and full-bodied with a luxurious, silky texture.

  2. 2014 Le Rouge Vigneron, Corbières, Castelmaure

    An intense crimson colour with aromas of ripe raisins and red fruits. The palate is full, silky and supple.

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