Château Jouclary is situated about 10 km north of the ancient walled city of Carcassonne. Cabardès is a terroir on the stony slopes of the Montagne Noire, where there is a harmonious balance between the east and west. The climatic influences of the Mediterranean sun on one side and the fresher Altantic winds on the other side stamp their mark on the ripening of the grapes. It is here that both Merlot and Cabernet (Atlantic), and Syrah and Grenache (Mediterranean) grow alongside each other. Careful blending and ageing of the wines allows the vigneron to obtain the best possible balance between fruit and structure, softness and complexity, and richness and elegance.
Guilhaume de Jouglary (sic) was the Consul of Carcassonne in 1532 and the current family are directly descended from him!
Pascal Gianesini is the current vigneron in this family-run 60 hectare vineyard. We have shipped his wines for over 15 years and his wines are one of the great secrets of the Languedoc – appreciated and raved about by wine professionals in the know but still hard to obtain in the UK. In the current market they represent fantastic value for wines that are ready to drink now, yet with great individuality and the potential to age.
His top wine, Cuvée Guilhaume, has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by Decanter magazine, and regularly scores ** or *** in the French wine-bible of Guide Hachette as a vin remarkable.
A mixed dozen contains 4 bottles of each of these wines –
Château Jouclary Tradition 2019
This is a classic Cabardès blend of Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Syrah 20% and Grenache 20%, with each grape variety being vinified separately before being assembled and aged in concrete vats.
It is medium/deep in colour with a vibrant cassis nose, which leads into a superb, voluptuous mouthful of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with very little tannin and a fresh finish. This slips down all too easily and is a perfect wine for BBQs and picnics!
Château Jouclary Les Amandiers 2019
The blend of Les Amandiers differs with Merlot 50%, Syrah 30% and Grenache 20%, which is aged in 2-year old oak barrels for 12 months.
Black cherries and hints of the cigar box greet you on the nose, and this leads into a supple, more concentrated wine with blackberry and fig flavours, and subtle hints of woodsmoke. It finishes long with a hint of liquorice. A more complex wine, it will go beautifully with lamb or beef.
Very much in the style of a good Bordeaux, it is so fruity that it is a joy to drink now, but it will age well over the next couple of years.
Château Jouclary Cuvée Guilhaume 2019
Pascal’s top wine is very carefully crafted from a blend of Merlot 45%, Syrah 45% and Grenache 10% from selected old vines with very low yields. It is then aged in new oak barriques for 12 months.
It is the deepest in colour of the three wines, with a very expensive nose of intense ripe fruit and hints of cedar. On the palate it is rich with fantastic concentration and a superb balance of fruit/ripe tannins and fresh acidity. It is bursting with complex flavours of ripe black fruits and figs, prunes and raisins, and spices – hints of mint and cumin, while remaining elegant with very discrete oak.
This is also fabulous now but will age beautifully over the next 10 years. A real tour de force, and a fantastic quality for this price!