Grape(s): 30% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 40% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Languedoc, France
Tasting Notes: Chateau de Pennautier marries the rich charm of Mediterranean grapes, Syrah and Grenache, with the fresh elegance of Aquitaine varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, made possible by a rare conjunction of climate, altitude and terroir offered by Nature. Since 1620, far from the influence of passing fashions, this family domaine has fervently nurtured a quest for balance, respectful of traditions.
The Domain: Built under Louis XIII by Bernard de Pennautier, Treasurer of the States of Languedoc, the historic monument of Chateau de Pennautier has been in the family since 1620. The vineyard has been entirely refurbished since the 1960s and the higher plots of land planted with vines. The direct heirs of the Pennautier family, Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril are the 10th generation of winegrowers since the estate was founded. They took over in 1987.
In the heart of the Cabardès appellation, the vines grow on the sunny, rugged hillsides south of the Montagne Noire, set at an altitude of 650 to 1300 feet. The views from up there are breathtaking: at a glance, you can see the entire Pyrenean mountain range to the south, the Massif Central to the north, and the famous town of Carcassonne just a few miles away.
This terroir combines clay-limestone soils, the Mediterranean heat, an Atlantic influence and the coolness of the mountains. Many areas of garrigue and rock on the Montagne Noire include vines, up to an altitude of 1300 feet.