The Chateau de Jouclary vineyard is planted with four of the sanctioned varieties; Syrah, Grenache Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the largest component and supply the backbone of the wine, while the old vine grenache and syrah from the stony upper hillside contribute ripe flavors and warmth on the palate. The wine undergoes an extended fermentation process in lined cement vats. It then rests in vats for 12 months and receives a number of rackings before it is bottled.
The Cabardès appellation is located on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir, the most southern outcropping of the Massif Central and just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. One of France’s newest A.O.C.’s, it was established in 1998 and has fewer than 20 estate bottled producers. Its unique climatic situation with influences from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea give rise to the appellation’s motto “Vent d’Est, Vent d”Ouest. In fact, the A.O.C. laws mandate that a minimum of 40% of the varieties must be “atlantique”; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc and 40% “mediterranean”; Syrah or Grenache; also a maximum of 20% of Cot or Fer Servadou may be used.