The wines of Cabardès, Malepère and Limoux
By Richard James and Paul Strang
This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2010
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Claude and Michel Carayol have vines covering 21ha on this elevated (up to 300m altitude) sprawling estate - the remaining 100+ ha are scrubland and forest - from which they make a handful of red wines. The most representative are the following three rich solid cuvées: Vent d’Ouest (mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon), Vent d’Est (mainly Syrah) and the dense age-worthy La Dérive, which all rank among some of the best Cabardès wines. The entrance to the domaine (not actually in Aragon, despite the address) is just off the main road, on the left, leading north from Carcassonne to Mazamet (D118) after the village of Villegailhenc, as the vineyards and landscape get sparser and wilder before reaching the Black Mountain .
Useful information: Open April - December Monday-Saturday 11.00-12.00 and 15.00-19.00 (from 17.00 in spring and autumn); January - March open Monday - Friday 17.00-19.00 and Saturdays 11.00-12.00 and 15.00-19.00; closed Sunday except by appointment.
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