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CazesCotesduRousssillonRouge"Ideal discovery wine", I read in the advertisement. In fact, I discovered the wine during my search for wines from organic dynamic cultivation for a tasting on the topic: "Between tradition and modernity". This wine covers that theme well. But the all-important question remains: Is it worth the "discovery"? It is not that easy to answer this question. Yes, it is worth it and it is not worth it. Why? It is worth it because this is a good representative of the Roussillon appellation (of the South of France in general), made from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and - what a blessing - not chained in wood (like so many "modern" South French wines). It's also worth it because the potential is there, palpable, recognizable: blackberries, plums , garriques, Herbes de Provence. However, it is not worth it - if you have access to the southern French wine variety - if you put the wine next to comparable wines from the region Cazes 2For the price of about 11 euro, I have definitely had more characterful, more individual, maybe even more accessible wines in the glass, but not from biodynamic cultivation. Also, it's not worth it if you drink the wine now - as I did in my case - and don't put it in the cellar for some more time (probably two years). It hasn't found its balance yet; but it will, I'm (almost) sure. The winery itself, Maison Cazes, has a family tradition of well over a hundred years and is now a "big business" in wine growing and marketing in the region, especially for sophisticated wines (turnover, more than 4.5 million euros, 1.2 million bottles). The winery (and trading house) has already started with biodynamic cultivation in the 90s. Since 2005, the 250 hectares (!) are now gradually being completely converted to organic cultivation and biodynamics. So, the wine estate has also done pioneer work in the south of France. It is largely thanks to him that the idea of "organic" cultivation, also the philosophy of "vin naturel", is gradually gaining a foothold in the Languedoc. It is not so easy to help new ideas (and insights) to break through in this huge wine region, which is still strongly anchored in tradition. It takes the "power" (and the example) of a company like Domaine Cazes to bring about a change in thinking. In this sense, it is definitely worthwhile to deal with the wine (and the winery), even if - I admit this - I much prefer the smaller and small family businesses - in which you feel the love and enthusiasm of the winemaker in the wine, than almost "industrial" large-scale growers and marketers.

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