Decanter - - COR­BIÈRES REDS -

Castel­maure, Les Hauts de Castel­maure, Cor­bières 2018

De­can­ter av­er­age score: 95/100pts In­di­vid­ual judges’ scores: Justin Howard-Sneyd MW 92 An­drew Jef­ford 95 Fred­eric Marti 98 £11.95

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Em­bres-et-Castel­maure is a tiny vil­lage in Cor­bières with about 150 res­i­dents, all of whom are grape-grow­ing fam­i­lies and many are mem­bers of the lo­cal co­op­er­a­tive, which pro­duces this wine. Col­lec­tively they own 350ha of vine­yards di­vided into 760 sep­a­rately man­aged plots of vines aged up to 80 years. The grapes for Les Hauts de Castel­maure are hand-har­vested and vini­fied us­ing ul­tra-mod­ern equip­ment. The Carig­nan goes through car­bonic mac­er­a­tion to best dis­play the fruit char­ac­ters be­fore be­ing blended with Syrah and Grenache and trans­ferred into one-, two- and three-year-old bar­rels to be ma­tured for 10-12 months.

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW Big, ripe nose show­ing deep sweet kirsch and straw­berry jam notes. Some oak vanilla too, and the sweet oak sup­ports some tasty, ripe fruit aro­mas show­ing great con­cen­tra­tion of ripe fruit. Nice spice on the fin­ish.

An­drew Jef­ford Re­fined and com­pelling aro­mas of black fruits, fine leather, soft spice and herbal fresh­ness. Con­cen­trated and deep, with a real Langue­doc no­bil­ity. The tan­nins are not pro­lific but well-man­aged, sup­ple and sup­port­ive. Classy, drink­able, very much of its place.

Fred­eric Marti Yummy! Rich and pow­er­ful with a great fin­ish, a touch warm­ing though.

Drink 2021-2025 Al­co­hol 14.5%

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