The AOC of Cabardes was only created in 1999 and relishes a schizophrenic personality, as both the most westerly vineyard of the Languedoc and the most Easterly of South West France. This is reflected in both the terroir and climate, with Atlantic and Mediterranean influences evidenced and a concomitant blending of all the famous grape varieties from these areas. The results can quite magnificent.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, relatively rare in the Languedoc, are perfectly at home here, and marry effortlessly with more traditional Mediterranean varieties, especially Syrah and Grenache. The wines tend to have a Bordelais grip as well as a Languedoc warmth; in short the best of both worlds.