Domaine de Ventenac is found about 10km north of Carcassonne in the appellation of Cabardes which, because of its location between f the Massif Cantral on one side and the Pyrenees on the other, enjoys a climate which is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences ensuring ideal conditionsfor growing all sorts of grape varieties.
Maison Ventenac proposes original, unique wines, always remaining true to the same principle : respect for the grape and its organoleptic qualities. All our production benefits from the same focus on quality, from our Pays d’Oc PGI cuvées all the way up to our premium Cabardès PDO wines.
The “Dissidents” also went on to give birth to the “Pagans”. Why did we choose this name? In rejection of all forms of oenological or viticultural dogma. Far removed from the “Languedoc standards”, from “the usual way” or from “common practices”, these wines are the exception to the rule. Even by our own house’s particular standards! By daring to brave “prejudice”, we have gone against the original conception of white wine by ageing a Chardonnay in casks for a few months. The Grenache that is historically used in our rosés because deemed uninteresting in red, makes up 100% of our “Paria” cuvée. Less exclusive than the “Dissidents”, these wines were nevertheless crafted to the same standards and with the same sense of transgression. They are unyielding, and affirm the frank identity of our terroir and the love we feel for it. They excel in their freshness, juiciness and minerality. These are signature wines, flag-bearers of the knowledge and skill of Maison Ventenac, in a rather more extreme style than that of the Chateau.
Le Paria - It was once an undesirable variety planted in our locality. "Not ripe enough" for some, "not in the right place" for others, "just perfect" according to us!! This variety is the Grenache and the result is in this bottle. A juicy, quaffable wine to share with free-thinking drinkers.
Signed, a free-thinking drinker.
"100% Grenache, not picked till 20 October at a yield of 38 hl/ha. Fermented without sulphur. Four punchdowns in concrete in the first few days. Malo and then three months’ ageing in concrete. Styled as ‘trendy and punchy’.
Relatively deep crimson for a Grenache. Sweet start is the most recognisably Grenache-like thing about the palate. Quite marked tannins but no obvious decay. The no-sulphur strategy seems to have worked in this regard. Simple fruity drink. Typical wine-bar wine?
(Jancis Robinson, J R Purple Pages, Aug 2017)