I first discovered the Château Cabrières vineyard in June 1996, when I was a student at wine school in the Bordeaux region. As part of the course, each of us spent a month in a different wine region, learning about a different style of wine making to that practiced in Bordeaux. A classmate and I chose the region south of the Rhône valley and, during that time, spent a few days in Cabrières, where I bought a bottle of Cuvée Prestige 1990 and also collected a large flint stone (“galet roulet”), which remains on display in my parent’s home to this date. The old castle, situated in the heart of the Château Cabrières vineyard, was built in the 14th century. The Château has belonged to the Arnaud family (a family which has been linked to wine and Châteauneuf-du-Pape for centuries) for several years. The soil is characteristic of the area, containing many large flint stones on its surface, which prevent the heat from evaporating too quickly from the soil. There are thirteen different grape varieties found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the red cuvée of Château Cabrières contains many of them - it is made up of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault and small amounts of Cournoise, Muscardin, Picpoul and Black Terret. The average yield is about 35hl/hectare. During the harvest, grapes are selected manually twice and then, as part of the wine making process, the wine must is left to macerate for 3 weeks (fermenting at 28 degrees). The wine is then aged for 12 months in barrels.