Fleur Violette Cabernet Sauvignon
This domaine produces first-class wines at terrific prices. Brothers Jean-Yves and Pierre-Andre are the 6th generation of Ournacs since 1840 to produce wines here. Like other growers in the area, they have progressively replanted their vineyards over the last 15 years, replacing many traditional varieties with Cabernet, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Viognier. The vines are grown on clay-chalk soils, and part of the property qualifies for the Minervois appellation where Syrah and Carignan are planted.
This estate is particularly renowned for the quality of its Cabernet. It is remarkable how well this grape was traditionally grown in Bordeaux appellations, to now adapt to the warmer growing conditions of the Languedoc, producing wines of immense charm and finesse at a fraction of the price of his famous neighbors.
This red is focused and sophisticated, with flavors of dark plum, currant, dark cherry, and dried herbs, which linger with graphite and mineral. A good backbone of acidity suggests that this wine can benefit from short-tem cellaring.
Pair with duck breast, red meats, and grilled dishes.
The Mediterranean influences make for generous wines, with the sunshine providing ripeness, while the altitude influences and maintains the humidity and freshness that is necessary for the fruit to express itself fully. Rounding out the picture is the diversity of the soils.