Understated but opens up to reveal impressive flavours of blackberry, subtle pepper, cocoa powder and vanilla, with occasional hints of wood smoke and garrigue. Medium-to-full bodied, with silty tannins and a long, thought-provoking (is there more?) finish.
Partner with creamy mushroom ragù and nutmeg mash.
Producer Château Notre Dame du Quatourze's vineyards sprawl languidly over a sunny plateau overlooking the Etang de Bages, at the gates of Narbonne, in the south of France. A castle still standing on the property belonged to the Archbishop of Narbonne until the 19th century - and the Occitan name 'Quatourze' references the contemporary tithing, which amounted to 1/14th of the local farmers' income.
Certified-organic wines ("vin biologique" in French) like Nautica are uncommon within the sector - only five percent of wines - as, even where producers opt to farm organically for quality/philosophical reasons (as many do), many often don't bother with the expense and hassle (red tape) of certification. They may also want to keep their options open in the event of a washout summer, where conventional treatments might be required to save the crop - and that year's income!