Castalides is the range we have discovered the domain with, and it really impressed us. It is among the best value wines you will find in Languedoc. The Réserve cuvée comes from an old parcel called Mas de Couy, where air is full of thyme and rosemary fragrances during spring. This blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre is spicy, supple and offers impressive aromas of wild blackberries, ending on a long finish. Just a superb bottle - and even more given its price.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: La Grange
Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre
Drink from now to 2020
Open 2 hours before, ideally decanted
Serve at 16-18°C
Drink it over a beef bourguignon.
Soil: Rocks, clay, limestone
Ageing: Oak barrels
|What experts say|
89 (2012 vintage). "The 2012 Languedoc Caslides Reserve gives up pretty red berry fruit, garrigue and underbrush-like aromas and flavors in an elegant, classy and balanced package. Showing the elegance of the estate, it’s up-front and ready to go, yet should also evolve gracefully for 4-5 years. This estate, under the leadership of Renate and Rolf Freund, continues to knock it out of the park. I loved their 2011s last year, and these 2012s and 2013s are just as good."
An unusual wine for the region, due to the presence of Merlot in the blend. This Bordeaux-grape brings fruit and softness to the spicy Syrah, creating a lively and elegant red that is less tannic than most Languedoc wines. Its beautiful black fruit aromas and the long, supple finish will convince you without a doubt.
Castalide Edition is the upmarket cuvée of the range, noted 91-93 by Robert Parker. It comes from the Pézenas appellation - often called the "Grand Cru region in Languedoc" by wine amateurs. Elaborated from the best plots of Syrah and Grenache (each of them being vinified and aged separately), it boasts profound aromas of ripe black fruit, cherries, black...