MAISON VENTENAC

Cabardes (NW Languedoc), France

The Cabardes vineyards lie in the foothills of France's Massif Central, otherwise known as the Black Mountains, which are about ten kilometers from the famous village of Carcassonne. The AOC of Cabardes is located in the northwest corner of the Languedoc-Roussillon. The area boasts a transitional climate that combines Mediterranean sunshine with the rainfall of Bordeaux. As a result, Cabardes is the only appellation which allows for the cultivation of both "Mediterranean" grapes (Syrah, Grenache) as well as traditional "Bordeaux" varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc) in even proportions. Olivier and Stephanie Rame took over the domaine from Stephanie’s father in 2010 and have become a driving force behind the quality and credibility of the Cabardes appellation. They now own approximately 130 hectares of land, which primarily consists of white limestone, unique to this region. Their vineyards are farmed organically (or are in organic conversion) and vinified plot by plot, using indigenous yeasts and little to no sulfites. Heavily influenced by his travels throughout the winemaking world, Olivier has begun to use amphorae (terracotta) for aging and is focused on the unique terroir of each parcel. Olivier describes his wines as being pure, fresh and "without makeup," showcasing the soul and potential of the region.

DOMAINE VENTENAC

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CUVEE MARIE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

80% Colombard + 20% Chenin Blanc

The wine nocturnally-harvested wine possess focused, fresh and bright with notes of grapefruit.

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CUVEE CAROLE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc
95% Chardonnay + 5% Gros Manseng

The wine exhibits a focused minerality backed by an aromatic complexity of tropical fruits and honey with a subtle hint of toast. On the palate, the wine has a balanced structure with a rich, silky texture.

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CUVEE AURE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc
70% Cabernet Sauvignon + 30% Grenache

The wine has a bright summer strawberry and raspberry on nose with a lively fruit focused mid palate and lingering finish.

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CUVEE STEPHANIE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc
100% Merlot

 

The wine boasts fresh and well balanced with aromas of cocoa, orange peel and ripe red fruit

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CUVEE PIERRE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Aude Cotes de Lastours
80% Cabernet Sauvignon + 20% Cabernet Franc

This wine exhibits blackcurrant with a touch of black pepper on nose with a round, silky structure and a fresh lingering finish.

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GRAND RESERVE DE GEORGES

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

DOP Cabardè

50% Cabernet, 40% Syrah, 10% Merlot

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CUVEE EVE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc
100% Syrah

A wine with Intense aromas of violet on the nose with notes of black pepper and a lively freshness on the palate due to the particular climate of the region

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CUVEE DIANA ROSÉ

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

AOP
60% Cabernet Sauvignon + 20% Grenache + 20% Syrah

This wine is delicate and fruity on the nose with notes of red berries. Fresh and lively on the palate with remarkable length.

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LE MAS

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Merlot

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RESERVE DE JEANNE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Chardonnay

This wine is named after Alain Maurel’s father, Georges. In life, he was imposing, in both his personality and his physique. Given the rich structure and elegant tannins of this wine, naming it Georges was an obvious choice. The wine is made in the style of the region, with beautiful freshness and balance. The wine

has intense notes of red fruits with spice and tobacco undertones.

LES DISSIDENTS

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LES PAIENS PRÉJUGÉS
CASSANDRE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Chardonnay

The Préjugés exhibits notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits, punctuated by a disctinct nuttiness from the barrel aging process. The wine is fresh, with a touch of minerality.

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Vermentino

This wine is fresh and lively with notes of white peach, sweet citrus and linden blossoms. Round mid palate with a long finish.

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LES PAIENS LE PARIA

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Grenache

LA MUSE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Syrah

A juicy and explosive wine, Le Paria is a fresh and intense expression of Grenache. This wine displays notes of raspberry and strawberry, with hints of white pepper.

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LES PAIENS L'INTRUS
LES PAIENS L'IDIOT
CANDIDE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Merlot

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Chenin Blanc

L’Idiot is juicy, focused and balanced on the palate with great freshness and minerality reminiscent of river stone.

Candide is a focused and elegant wine with notes of pear, quince and a dusting of salinity, most likely from the Atlantic ocean breeze. This wine displays a refreshing and precise minerality on the palate.

LE BATARD

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Arvine

This wine is lively & bright with striking minerality, floral aromas with a touch of citrus and pear. Nice length on palate.

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PURITAINE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vin de France

100% Syrah

Puritaine is a deep, focused, and elegant wine, displaying concentrated notes of violets and spice on both the nose and the palate. The wine is well-balanced and fresh.

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PAUL

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

100% Cabernet Franc

Paul is a focused and elegant wine. On both the nose and the palate, the wine displays notes of ripe blackcurrants punctuated with hints of mint. The wine is well-balanced and fresh, with high aging potential.

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PATIENCE

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

100% Cabernet Franc

Patience is focused and elegant, displaying concentrated notes of ripe blackcurrants punctuated with hints of mint on both the nose and palate. The wine is well-balanced, fresh and full of aging potential.

IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS

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COUP DE CHANCE
(COLOMBARD/CHENIN)

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d'Oc

70% Colombard, 20% Chenin, 10% Gros Manseng

On the nose, "Coup de Chance" displays notes of grapefruit and lemon. On the palate, the wine is focused, well-balanced, and fresh.

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TETE DE PIOCHE
(MERLOT)
TREVE ESTIVALE ROSÉ
TETE EN L'AIR 
(CHARDONNAY)

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d'Oc

100% Chardonnay

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d'Oc

70% Cabernet Sauvignon,

30% Grenache

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

100% Merlot

On the nose, “Téte en l’air” displays aromatic complexity, with notes of exotic fruits and honey punctuated with a touch of toast. On the palate, the wine displays minerality and focus, with balanced structure and freshness.

Tréve Estivale exhibits aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, the wine is fruity, round, and lively with a lingering finish.

“Téte de Pioche” displays notes of cocoa, orange peel, and ripe red fruit. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced and fresh.

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COUP DE SANG
(CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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AMNESIE
(SYRAH)
JULES
(RESERVE)

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

80% Cabernet, 20% Cabernet Franc

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

100% Syrah

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

60% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot

"Coup de Sang" displays aromas of ripe pepper and blackcurrant. On the palate, the wine displays a roundness and silky texture, with notes of blackcurrant and a fresh, lingering finish.

“Amnésie” displays intense aromas of violets on the nose. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced and fresh, exhibiting notes of blackberry, cassis, and black pepper.

“Jules” is a fresh expression of the Cabardès terroir, exhibiting notes of red fruit and spice on the nose and the palate. This wine has a well-balanced structure with elegant tannins.

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CAMILLE
(GRAND RESERVE)

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

IGP Pays d’Oc

60% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

“Camille” exhibits aromas of tobacco, red fruit, spice, and mocha. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced and structured, with fresh and elegant tannins and toasted vanilla notes.