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Publié le lundi 12 mars


The old castle, situated in the middle of the Chateau Cabrieres, in the heart of the vineyard, has been in existence for a very long time. Indeed, the door of an oven has been discovered whose chipped stone appearance indicates the techniques of the 14th and 15th centuries. This proves the historic nature of the Chateau and also of its vinestock, both of which benefit from the flinty nature of the local soil, where vines have been planted since 1344. For many years the Chateau has belonged to the Arnaud family, who have devoted their lives to the wines and barrels of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for centuries.


The vineyard is situated on the high tablelands which are characteristic of the northern area of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape domain. The terrain consists mainly of alpine diluvium and chalky miocenian soil with large flint pebbles covering the surface. These pebbles conserve the heat of the day during the night thus avoiding too much evaporation. The vines are between 40 and 90 years old.

Stock of Grape Varieties

Among the thirteen grape varieties permitted under the Chateauneuf-du-Pape vintage, the following can be found at Chateau Cabrieres:
Red wine:
Grenache: 60% which forms the basis of the vinestock and gives structure, body and alcoholic strength.
Syrah: 15% which gives subtlety, tannin and fragrance.
Mourvedre: 15% which provides powerful fragrances during the ageing of the wine. This becomes increasingly mellow with age.
Cinsault: 10% giving fruitiness, suppleness and elegance.
In lesser degrees the following can be detected in the Cuvee Prestige: Counoise, Muscardin, Picpoul and Black Terret which are used for their fragrance, freshness and fullness.

White wine: Clairette, Bourboulenc, White Grenache and Roussanne blending harmoniously to provide a generous aroma.

Vinification and Ageing

The average real yield is about 25 to 30 hl/hectare. During the harvest the mandatory selection of the grapes is done twice by hand. Our Chateauneuf-du-Pape red is produced traditionally. The wine is steeped for approximately three weeks in order to integrate the necessary tannins and maximise the fragrance prior to ageing. The different grape varieties are then blended to obtain the best possible balance.
Chateau Cabieres reds have a beautiful, rich ruby colour with a full but not heavy aroma. Their fragrance is typical of Chateauneuf, reflecting the scents of the soil. The wine is then stored in barrels for twelve months before being bottled.
The “Cuvee Pretsige” is produced from the oldest vines, to be found at the rear of the Chateau, which were planted in 1900 and include 13 varieties of grapes. Its low yield of only approximately 12 hl/hectare provide the powerful aromas and strength to produce a rare cuvee of exceptional quality.
Our white Chateauneuf-du-Pape is rather rare, being only 5% of our total production. It hides its power behind its flavour and lingering fragrance. It is one of the most famous of this areas white wines.

Chateau Cabrieres are amongst the greatest of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines and have been awarded many gold and silver medals at the “Concours des Vins de France”, as well as many other international awards.

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