Situated in the Cabardes AOP appellation, just 5 kilometers from the Carcassonne castle in the Languedoc region of France, Chateau de Pennautier boasts 4 centuries of history. The chateau itself was built in 1620 by Bernard Reich de Pennautier, Treasurer of the States of Languedoc. Records from 1701 show that the wines of this estate were served on the tables of Versailles. From 1960, Alain de Lorgeril carried out a complete renovation of the estates vineyards before the estate was inherited in 1987 by Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril of Maison Lorgeril. The latter represent the 10th generation of winegrowers at the helm of the estate since its creation.
The Chateau de Pennautier 2019 comes from a vineyard established on sunny, south-facing slopes of the Montagne Noire. The vines are planted at altitudes of 200 and 400 meters. The vineyard is characterized by predominantly limestone soils. Chateau de Pennautier began its organic conversion in 2019. The vineyard is certified High Environmental Value Level 3.
Vinification and aging
The grapes are destemmed prior to vinification with the different grape varieties vinified in separate vats. They undergo 25 to 30 days cuvaison on the skins, resulting in the maximum extraction of fruit flavors from the skins to the juice. Following vinification, the blend is determined.
The Chateau de Pennautier 2019 is made from a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet, 10% Grenache.
The Chateau de Pennautier 2019 displays a dark red-purple, almost black, color in its youth. On the nose, this wine exudes very pure aromas of ripe red and black fruits (including blackberries, cherries and mulberries). On the palate, this AOP Cabardes wine presents an intense fruitiness and a tannic structure similar to those of Bordeaux wines.
Food and wine pairing
This intense and concentrated Languedoc wine will pair beautifully with hearty dishes like cassoulet, a daube de canard or grilled meats.