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Chateau Ventenac Cabardes La Reserve de Jeanne 2017


Domaine de Ventenac is found about 10km north of Carcassonne in the appellation of Cabardes which, because of its location between the Massif Cantral on one side and the Pyrenees on the other, the region enjoys a climate which is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences ensuring ideal conditions for growing all sorts of grape varieties.

Varietal typicity (using only one or two varieties in each wine) is the main focus of the Domaine de Ventenac range whereas the Chateau Ventenac portfolio wines attempt to reveal the broader terroir. The wines are made in accordance with the AOC (the rules governing wine production within a particular area). The Reserve de Jeanne therefore contains roughly 40% of the Atlantic varieties and 40% Mediterranean varieties, but the blend varies with the vintage.

“A complex and characterful wine here- a typical in that it offers so much more than juicy plum fruits and is more like a full-bodied Rhone wine. On the nose there are aromas of bramble and hedgerow, a bit herbaceous, alongside roasted herbs.”

92 Points     

Georgina Hindle

Decanter Magazine, August 2020