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Michelin Star Wine
Zero Added Sulphite[ Vegan
Tir A Blanc Castex Vine de Cabanon - Buon Vino Biodynamic Wine
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Tir a Blanc Les Vins de Cabanon Alain Castex 2017

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One Line Description Tir a Blanc Les Vins de Cabanon, Alain Castex, Iconic natural wine maker. This wine is so alive, it almost leaps out of the glass and walks away!
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Roussillon, France
Producer Alain Castex
Vintage 2017
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend Grenache blanc, Macabeu
Alcohol 12% abv
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, no added sulphur, unfiltered, unfined, untouched.
Natural Features Zero Added Sulphites (Sulphur), Vegan, Cloudy/Totally Unfiltered, Unfined, Funky Aromas


Tir a Blanc Les Vins de Cabanon, biodynamic wine, pure terroir, iconic natural wine producer. Alain Castex used to make this shot of white when he was owner of Le Casot de Mailloles. Now moved on and running his own very small (Le Casot was small enough) vineyard, Les Vins de Cabanon, the wine is still an outstanding and rare biodynamic white from the Roussillon. This pure natural wine is made from Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. When I first tasted this wine, I was blown away by the explosion of aroma that leapt from the glass. It is so vibrant and full of life, you would be excused for thinking the wine is going to crawl out of the glass and walk away. Wild flowers, fresh fruits, garrigue, herbs, sweet lavender and yeastiness all delight the senses. On the palate, the wine tingles with acidity and flavour and its freshness doesn't diminish with age, rather the wine evolves with yet more complexity and texture. Absolutely superb 'vin de terroir'.

Le Casot des Mailloles is a 5 hectare estate nestled on the steep walled terraces overlooking the town of Banyuls. The word 'Casot' refers to the traditional stone shelters that dot the vineyards of the exposed Banuyls region, an area where wine makers sought refuge from the strong winds of the Tramontane during bad weather. Alain Castex has now passed on the winery of 'Le Casot'. Alain has nonetheless kept a few vineyards with which he makes some of the classic wines he’s known for. Alain worked for 15 years in the Corbières region before founding Le Casot 15 years ago. For Les Vins du Cabanon, he has kept the vineyards in Trouillas and so will keep making Canta Mañana, Ezo, Tir à Blanc and Poudre d’Escampette.

(Referring to Le Casot de Mailolles) This is pure 'garage wine', artisan par excellence, the wine making is even done in a former Citroen garage that Alain and his partner Ghislaine Magnier found 15 days before their very first harvest! Old vines with low yields are planted on schist soils and the wines are usually aged in old oak barrels, are not fined nor filtered and no sulphites are added at any stage of production. With barely 5,000 bottles produced each year, Le Casot des Mailloles is one of the smallest estates of the Banyuls appellation and their elixirs of life are highly sought after.

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