Chateau de Cappes has been in the hands of the Boulin family since 1880 and was formerly part of the Chateau Malrome, home of the famous 19th century French painter Toulouse Lautrec! This little estate lies close to the ancient town of Saint Macaire. This is an intriguing appellation that has a great wine making history that time forgot. The town itself is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the alluvial plain. Once a bustling market place full of artisans and wine makers, Saint Macaire was rich and renowned for its produce. It even had a red grape named after the town that colonists took out to the New World with them – similar to the settlers who took Carmenere to Chile and Malbec to Argentina. Today the long lost red grape Saint Macaire is incredibly rare, being extinct in France and can only be found in the USA, where it is used to make the Meritage wines there.
The reason Saint Macaire drifted away into obscurity was thanks to the River Garonne shifting its course. In the past the Garonne lapped at the foot of the town’s southern ramparts and when it changed its path the trade died with it. Saint Macaire’s days of wine making glory disappeared into the mists of time. However this little appellation is making a come back; it’s fantastic potential is being revisited and local wine makers are rejuvenating its sleepy vineyards.
Wine makers for 5 generations the Boulins have named Cuvee Cedric after their son Cedric who is the newest member of the family to take the helm. Having learned his craft from his ancestors Cedric went on to study at the college of viticulture at the Premier Cru (First Growth) Chateau La Tour Blanche in Sauternes. Wishing to explore modern wine making techniques in the New World Cedric also studied in the King Valley in Australia. With this knowledge behind him he has lifted Chateau de Cappes to new heights and the wines have won several prestigious awards in France.
Being a rich wine, Cuvee Cedric is superb with beef, lamb and game, especially pan seared venison or duck. It suits full flavoured dishes and pairs well with truffles, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. Oriental dishes prepared with black bean or oyster sauce can also pair well and, of course, Cuvee Cedric is fabulous with a simple steak!
Learn more about de Cappes and Cuvees in Nicks Blog: The Question of Cuvees – What are they and are they any good?