In a nutshell: A big and powerful southern French organic red from that oozes quality with every sip
The lowdown: Here's a wine that's deeply coloured right from youth and that gives you a bit of clue to its overall character. Deep aromas and flavours of dark cherries and black fruits run all the way through and are infused with subtle, exotic spices which make it captivatingly profound and complex. Whole bunch vinification and a year's ageing in oak barrels see to that. It all leads up to a lengthy finish that's smooth and satisfying. The hilly vineyards around the village of Boutenac are considered the best in the Corbières, so much so that wines from here now have their own appellation Corbières Boutenac marking them out as a cut above. An exceptionally fine and elegant wine.
The Fabre Family have been producing wine in one way or another for over four hundred years. In 1711, they settled in Gasparets, near Narbonne, in the Languedoc and have been cultivating vines ever since. Louis Fabre has headed the family concern since 1982 which now includes five different estates in the area. In 2014 he was joined by, his daughters and a niece: Clémence, Paule and Jeanne, who are respectively in charge of export sales, accounting and wine tourism. They long ago converted to organic viticulture and all of their vineyards are certified as such, producing concentrated, flavoursome wines with genuine provenance.
When to drink: Drinking beautifully already but further ageing will improve it more. Hearty dishes are whats called for here - a juicy rare steak, or a warming cassoulet.