Origin: Bonfils Vins & Château - Mèze
Taste guide: Medium/Full bodied, red and black berry fruit flavours, spice and herbs, backbone of softened tannins, part oaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
Domaines Bonfils is a family business that has been growing grapes since 1870. Now in the 6th generation, the business comprises 19 Domaines and Chateaux, 17 of which are in the Languedoc with 1800 hectares of vineyards, making them one of the largest independent grape-grower/wine producers in France.
The Capitoul Les Terrasses wines are made from grapes which come from a selection of south facing vineyards benefitting from the gentle warmth of the rising sun. The vines average 22 years old and are planted on clay and limestone soils.
The grapes were harvested early in the mornings during the months of September and October, and transferred to the winery where they were destemmed and crushed followed by a short pre-maceration lasting 5 days at 10°C. Fermentation was in stainless steel vats for 10 days, then settled and went through secondary malo-lactic fermentation. A portion of the wine was matured in French oak barrels of varying ages for several months, then the various elements were carefully blended to produce the final wine which was fined, filtered and bottled.
The resultant wine shows a garnet colour of beautiful intensity. There is a very expressive nose, exhaling gourmet notes of red and black berries mixed with more complex scents of garrigue and spices. The palate exhibits all the traditional Merlot flavours on the fruit, with a silky and concentrated body and fine and elegant tannins. Quite a rich wine and typically French.
Complements beautifully duck breast with cranberries, lamb chops à la plancha, white meat in sauce or mature cheese.
Primarily a restaurant wine supplied by a now defunct wholesaler/importer, so we bought at a discount.
Prices on restaurant menus would indicate a retail of £10+ - at Binendwines it is just £7.25.