The domaine founded in 1988 is at an average altitude of 700m. Most of the vines are on slopes facing north and some in deep valleys facing northwest where the hours of sunshine are shorter. As our hills are the first facing the Mediterranean Sea the vine enjoy an excellent summer breeze even on the hottest days and in winter above average precipitation (usually 700mm). Most winters we get some snow but rarely heavy falls. The soil is terra rossa, clay and limestone with lots of stones and benefits from good drainage, especially as all the vineyards are on sloping ground. It is an ideal "wine country" soil, very similar to some of the best vineyards in the world. In the summer, the average daily temperatures are much lower than usual for the latitude and the prevailing winds are northwesterly. The nights are damp and cool and the days are very dry (35% average relative humidity), which is excellent for mold prevention. The temperature difference between day and night averages at 10 degrees centigrade and can be as much as 16 degrees centigrade during the months of ripening. This is especially suitable to achieve good acidity and phenolic maturity. The harvest is done by hand.
C Blanc du Castel 2014, Judean Hills, Israel
With rich apricot, peach, mineral, pear and fruit flavours and a lingering spicy-oak finish, this full bodied and vigorous wine fills the mouth with flavours that continue to burst through a gorgeous velvety texture and then linger comfortably on the palate. Kosher Wine. Has been selected by the Head Sommelier of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%, Merlot: 36%, Petit Verdot: 5%, Cabernet Franc: 3%, Malbec: 3%
The wine has a delicious flavor, which harmoniously interwoven notes of fruits, tobacco, olives, nettle and wood.
Balanced and soft, with a creamy texture, bright acidity and sweet caramel notes in a long aftertaste.
This Bordeaux blend is impeccably balanced, elegantly constructed, and flavorful. It is bright and lively, with moderate tannins. It will be early maturing, but while it does not quite have the depth and intensity of flavor of its big brother, it is a fine wine in its own right and a pleasure to drink. The 2009 Petit Castel is quite an interesting “second” wine at this point. It offers an awful lot. Most wineries would be happy to have it as a first wine. Has been selected by the Head Sommelier of The Claridge Gordon Ramsay.
This year, the Petit Castel is certainly exceptional and powerful, a worthy competitor to some prior vintages of the Grand Vin, and needing some time to settle down itself. But not surprisingly, this year the Grand Vin may be the best yet. So, pick your poison. Beautifully structured and very graceful in the mid-palate, this Petit Castel is pointed, focused and powerful. Delicious on opening, it becomes much more complex with aeration. Firing on all burners, it is a very fine Petit Castel that should age reasonably well. You won’t be disappointed.