Cabardes is actually one of the newest and youngest appellations in France, having only been certified as it’s own winemaking region in just February 1999 (happy 20th birthday!). Found on the northwestern border of Languedoc-Roussillon area, it is exceptionally small in size, comprised of just a handful of villages and associated vineyards. However, the reds from this region (and a Cabardes wine can only be a red or rose) are big in flavor and elegance.
Chateau Auzias has been around longer than the appellation itself, existing as a family-owned winery since the nineteenth century. This particular wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Franc is complex and powerful, with a firm structure that is characteristic of the region. A simply sensational wine.