Jules Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Pays d’Oc, France
Winemaker Julian Faulkner brings a bit of internationalist flair to the ancient and deeply traditional Provence region of France. Coming from Canada, he entered the wine world with a typically transatlantic optimism and drive, which he quickly put to work on his family’s land in Provence, and things have only gotten better from there. The idea behind Jules - Faulkner’s eponymous own label - is to create great wines, made with the highest quality fruits, which are designed for everyone to enjoy. Presenting himself as the socialist of viticulture, Faulkner is determined to overturn some of the stuffier, more pretentious attitudes present in his region. The solution as he sees it is to simply continue doing what people have done in Provence for hundreds of years; using time-honoured techniques, make the most of the beautiful land they possess, but remove the elitist attitudes and unreachable price tags that many of his neighbour’s wineries see as standard.
Part of this process has been to use - shock! - screw caps on his bottles (something which is seen as nothing short of sacrilege in much of France), which he believes is a cost effective, environmentally sound way of keeping prices realistic, and which even his critics admit has no negative effect on what is in the bottle. Jules wines are gaining fans all over the world, thanks to his radical approach which is coupled with a real reverence for his terroir, and the expression he gets from his grapes. With high scoring wines of red, white and rosé varieties in recent years, it seems that Jules is on an upward trajectory which very little could stop.
Banjo says: The Pays d’Oc is a large region covering much of southern France. It offers some of the world’s great vinous bargains, from a range of vineyards. This Cabernet comes from vines located in a region called Corbières, within the Languedoc.
This is medium-bodied, with some attractive green peppercorn aromas to accompany its notes of rich berry fruit and fine tannins. It offers depth along with a serious savoury edge.
The grape type
Cabernet Sauvignon is the King / Queen of the Red Wine world. Like the best Kings and Queens, it has to be strong, but also wise. Cab Sav fits this description as it has a bold feel and flavour, but also a more diverse dark flavour profile.
Perfect for steak and fatty red meat! Strong tannins (the things that make it kind of bitter) cut through that fatty aftertaste and make you taste the quality of the meat. The tannins also contribute to its ability to age well.
It ages well and can be kept for a number of years.
Fruit: Dark fruits, black cherries, black current
Other flavours: Pepper, Tobacco, Capsican, Liquorice, Savoury, Dark Chocolate
A full bodied, rich Cabernet Sauvignon wine like this is always going to find happy pairings at the dinner table. Cabernet Sauvignon is all about the structure - those fine tannins, that long taste, and those deep, intense fruit flavours that demand strong-tasting foods alongside them. It’s one of those wines that tastes great when served with almost any meat that has met smoke and fire; think braised chops and steaks, barbeques, richly-spiced roasts. Be bold, be strong, and you can’t go wrong.
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Recipe Link: Rib Eye Bone
Season matching: Winter
Taste matching: Rich