The Wine Circle held its fourth Zoom tasting on Tuesday 13 April, which was attended by 20 members.
Participants ‘visited’ Chateau Cabezac in the Minervois, where Tara Lechartier took everyone on a short tour of the property before describing the history and background to the growing of wines at the Chateau. This property comprises a beautiful 50-acre estate and is all sustainably farmed. It was able to escape the April frosts which inflicted so much damage to other regions – most notably Burgundy.
Three wines were tasted. The first of these was Les Capitelles Blanc 2017 (£17.95) and everyone was impressed at being offered an older wine, which is slightly unusual. However this example has good staying power and should last until 2025 at least. This was followed by the Tradition Rouge (£12.75), which is an unoaked red blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignon. It is a reasonably priced red wine that could be served chilled. The final wine was Cuvee Arthur (named after the grandson of the grower who was born in 1998). The weather conditions have a great effect on this wine and apparently it is only produced in perfect conditions. A full bodied red it should never be served chilled and is priced at £18.95.