Posted on 4th April 2017 by JN Wine
The vineyards of Maison Ventenac lie in the foothills of the ‘Black Mountain’, north of Carcassonne. The climate here is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. Alain Maurel established his winery here in 1973, blending classic Bordeaux varieties with their Mediterranean cousins. His son-in law Olivier joined him in 2009, bringing new ideas to the vineyard and the cellar. From the fruit-driven single grape variety bottlings to the top cuvees, the wines are fresh, bright and balanced to bring immediate drinking pleasure.
A bright, fresh and fruity wine with intense grapefruit and lemon flavours and aromas. The addition of a small proportion of the lesser known Gros Manseng intensifies the citrus freshness of this attractive wine.
The aim here was to create a wine with minerality and freshness balanced with ripe, exotic fruit flavours and velvety texture. The wine is not barrel aged, but does spend some time on fine lees to develop some complexity, body and a slight toasty flavour. These flavours harmoniously blend with the ripe exotic fruit and honey notes of the grapes.
A beautifully expressive Merlot showing the attractive flavours we associate with this grape variety. The wine has a ripe, red fruit flavour with some delicate chocolate and orange peel undertones. Drink and enjoy when youthful and bright.
The Chateau Ventenac range is named differently to signify the change in emphasis. This Reserve de Jeanne wine is an AOC designated wine which means it is created to reflect the Cabardes appellation rather than purely the grape varieties it is made from. The blend comprises 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 5% Grenache in accordance with the 40:40 rules of the appellation. The wine is intense and concentrated with ripe red fruit flavours and some warming spicy notes.