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Domaine Ortola – Cuvée Nautica 2017


Tasting Notes: Structured well with a powerful taste. Silky and fruity. Hints of vanilla.

Blend: 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Carignan ,10% Mourvèdre

Hold Time: 5 – 7 years

Alcohol: 14%

Pair With: This powerful wine will pair well with beef carpaccio, or barbecued meats. It will also pair perfectly with duck breasts with honey, Mexican food, and strong cheese.


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Château Notre Dame du Quatourze was an abandoned property bought in 1965 by Yves Ortola, a fourth-generation wine grower. Ortola worked hard with son Georges to improve the quality of his wines and extend his vineyards. He ambitiously added Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache to the existing Carignan. Viognier and Vermentino were added for whites. Each batch is vinified separately and makes about 40 different wines which are then blended to produce a white, a rosé and two reds.

Vineyards are nicely set with the Quatourze plateau overlooking The Bages lake and Mediterranean Sea, near the old Roman city of Narbonne. It is protected from the winds by a mountain. In the local Occitan language, Quatourze means fourteen. This reflects peasants having to give a fourteenth of their production to their landlords in medieval times. This special cuvée comes from old vines, giving it complexity and power. It is aged in oak barrels for nine months.

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