Eclipse L'Ostal Cazes bottle

Eclipse L'Ostal Cazes

Red Wine, 2016

The Cazes family, owner of Bordeaux’s revered Château Lynch-Bages, has crafted France’s top wines for 80 years. In 2002 Jean-Michel Cazes, who ran the business for nearly 40 years, bought a hillside property near La Livinière, a quaint village in southern France. He replanted the vineyards, with no doubt his wines would be standard-bearers—the sort of conviction that earned him lifetime-achievement awards from Wine Spectator and the Institute of Masters of Wine.

Profile

L’Ostal Cazes Eclipse is the gold-standard Minervois red, with its opaque color belying its alluring, complex balance of fruit, spice and subtle floral characters.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Peppercorns sillo
Black pepper
Black cherries sillo
Black cherry
Black plums sillo
Plum
Iris flower sillo
Iris

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove or cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

TASTING TIP

As you sniff and sip, you may catch a note of sweet black licorice. That’s a signature aroma and flavor of the Carignan grape.

This red offers an alluring, complex balance of fruit, spice, and subtle floral flavors.

This red offers an alluring, complex balance of fruit, spice, and subtle floral flavors.

This red offers an alluring, complex balance of fruit, spice, and subtle floral flavors.

This red offers an alluring, complex balance of fruit, spice, and subtle floral flavors.

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More About The Wine

Minervois is in an area of southern France with a winemaking tradition dating back before the ancient Romans arrived. The warm, sun-exposed vineyards are relatively far inland, with little exposure to cooling Mediterranean breezes. This helps the grapes mature faster, resulting in riper, thicker-skinned grapes—and wines with more concentrated flavors and noticeable tannins.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Cazes family is essentially wine royalty, with four wineries in Bordeaux, Domaine des Sénéchaux in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and estates in Portugal and Australia.

  • VARIETY
    Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    L'Ostal Cazes
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • OAK
    Stainless steel & French oak (12 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    13.0%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
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