Chateau 1804 is located in the little-know AOC of Cabardès, France, that sits at the crossroads between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. As such, it's a unique meeting point between grape varieties that rarely mingle: the traditionally Atlantic grape varieties of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), and the Mediterranean grapes of the south (Syrah and Grenache). Cabardès is actually the only region in France that mandates the blending of these grapes, and reds made under the Cabardès AOC label are required to be at least 40% each Atlantic and Mediterranean varieties.
Chateau 1804 is a full-bodied blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Merlot, and showcases the density and richness possible in this warm, sunny corner of France. We'd recommend decanting for about and hour, and enjoying this unique red over the next 3-4 years.
This balanced blend displays the signature aromatics of each component variety, with Syrah adding a lovely peppery spice to the currants, plum, blackberry, and bright red fruits of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot. It softens with air, and warm baking spice, violet, campfire smoke and toasty oak begin to emerge.
This dry, full-bodied red is dense and structured, with black and red fruit flavours layered over deep spice notes of pepper, cloves, and coffee. There's a balancing freshness on the long lingering finish, but the tannins are tight and youthful, so this will benefit from decanting early or from holding a few more years in the cellar if you're patient enough to wait.
A red with this much structure and richness calls for a traditional roast beef dinner, complete with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy.