VINEYARDS PAPER became acquainted with Sébastien ARINO, of domaine “FONTAINE GRANDE” whose property is located near the walls of Carcassonne, the picturesque medieval city in the Aude (South of France).
Sébastienmakes three unique wines produced in white, pink and red.
In white wine he produces a smooth, powerful wine – without batonnage or oak- that really gives priority to the fruit and its quintessence. Delicious.
The rosé tasted directly at the bulk, based on Merlot and Cabernet has a very dark color, a strong taste of cherry and strawberry with a greedy side that we love.
His red is a powerful wine based on Merlot and Cabernet with very pronounced spicy notes. I loved it!!!!!!
Château Castigno from Assignans in the Aude(France) organized around Brussels a great event for their customers and friends in Belgium. Mr. & Mrs. Verstraete and their daughter, An-Sophie have invited their clients to a superb winemakers’meal preceded by a great tasting and explanation of their wines.
Their range of wines made from grape varieties typical of southern France (Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache, Syrah, Clairette …) is very extensive, ranging from sparkling wine to sweet wine.
We particularly liked:
* Grâce des Anges, White, 2011. The nose exhales a very strong strong flavour. Its mouth is powerful and bold notes give this wine an unusual strength
* Grâce des Anges rose, 2011. A highly developed nose of white peach. On the palate, a good acidity gives this pleasant rosé structure and a nice attack. The persistence of this wine is exceptional.
* Merlot. This is the only single-varietal wine of Chateau Castigno. Its nose is very beautiful. It has all the characteristics of a good merlot from Bordeaux with the southern side of Languedoc wines. A lovely wine!
* Secret des dieux. A red wine made from syrah / carignan / grenache / mourvedre. This wine is typical of the powerful sun of Languedoc. Very expressive nose and hints of garrigue, spices and dried black olives. What a powerful wine& .
All the wines of Chateau Castigno are remarkable and we have liked all of them … The family Verstraete took this opportunity to present its rehabilitation plan for the wonderful village of Assignans. A small forgotten village which will now be revitalized through the purchase of village houses which have been transformed into luxury holiday cottages for friends and the olvers of the wines of Chateau Castigno. This beautiful project involved an entire region and funds from the Languedoc-Roussillon region have helped the family to extend the dream of making wine to a beautiful resort of wine tourism ! We had a tremendously nice day and their public-relations event was impeccable. Bravo to family Verstraete. !
video: henry BORZI, Editor in chief VINEYARDS PAPER