Chateau de Paraza Minervois
Very dark garnet in color; fruity-earthy aromas of ripe cherries, smoke and spice. Red-fruit flavors boast a forward fruitiness that evokes sweetness, although the wine is dry. Earthy, a bit on the rustic side, but good fruit and balance make it appealing. Goes with red meat, roast chicken or simple pizza margherita.
$15.00 / Bottle $180.00 / Case
Chateau de Paraza, located in Minervois in the heart of the Languedoc region, towers above the plain of the Aude, a beautiful river flowing nearby. The castle's history is closely linked to the history of France and particularly to that of the Languedoc region, once very rich and still harboring vestiges dating back to the Roman occupation.
Under Louis XIV, Chateau de Paraza was the home of the famous engineer, Paul Riquet, responsible for the construction of the canal that links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
The vineyard, covering about 120 hectares, is located on a hillside facing the south. As in ancient times, the soil still produces an excellent grape. The grape varieties grown here, particularly well adapted to this soil and regularly improved, produce rich and well balanced wines with a huge reputation. The marriage of the more traditional Carignan variety with Cinsault, Mourvedre and Grenache brings their wonderful character to the wines to which the new variety, Syrah, adds its rich aromas.
This wine is 45% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre.