One of the joys of being a wine lover is discovering a little known wine that is really good. Chateau Cabos comes from an impressive stable; it’s a small chateau owned by the Mestreguilhem family who are known for their Grand Crus Chateaux Pindefleurs and neighbouring Pipeau in Saint Emilion. Their wines are hard to track down; world renowned critic Robert Parker is a big fan of Pindefleurs, noting that it is ‘perhaps the most difficult wine to find in all of Saint Emilion’. Highly prized and hard to come by, the Mestreguilhem’s wines are much admired across the world, but their smaller chateaux are not well known outside France.
The family began wine making back in the 1920s and their famous chateaux sit not far from the bell tower of Saint Emilion. Cabos and Joinin lie in the Medieval village of Rauzan, about 9 miles north of Saint Emilion. This little village sits at the base of a ruined castle on a crag which was built by none other than England’s King John in the 13th century. Wine buffs will recognise the name ‘Rauzan’ as it features in two prestigious Margaux Grand Cru Classes, the Second Growths Chateaux Rauzan Segla and Rauzan Gassies. These were named after the ‘Wizard of Wine’ Pierre de Mesures de Rauzan in 1661, who came from the village.
Cabos, having a high proportion of Merlot in its blend, will pair with most dishes, both red and white meats, and even richly flavoured fish such as tuna. Try it with pan fried chicken or duck breasts, beef stroganoff and lightly spiced Asian dishes. Cabos also captures and enhances the flavours of many Vegetarian delicacies, which contain protein based items such as nuts, lentils and beans.
Learn more about Cabos on Nicks Blog: Inspire your inner winner – Successful Second Wines and why they’re worth it and Saint Emilion on Explore Bordeaux AOCS – Saint Emilion page