The 2008 Château Veredus Corbières is funky with dark berries, plum, spices and tar. It has nice freshness, vibrant acidity with a meaty and mineral driven core. 50% Carignan from 70-year-old vines, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah aged 12 months in oak barrels. The grounds at Château Veredus have never seen herbicides or synthetic anti-fungals. Their wines are organically certified and have been monitored by ECOCERT since 1992. (Drink 2012-2014) - May, 2012. (JD)
About the Winery:
Located in Cruscades, closed to Lezignan-Corbières within the Boutenac terroir in Corbières, this family estate boasts an amazing story dating back to 1639. Its name comes from the fact that it borders on the “Veredus” (meaning messenger horse in Latin) a Roman road that used to link the city of Narbonne to the Atlantic. The estate was bravely managed for 30 years by Irma Coulon, who took it over as a young widow and steered the estate through the terrible oidium and phyloxera disaster at the end of the nineteenth century. Today, the winery boasts a total of 121 hectares (291.61 acres), mainly surrounding the Chateau and covering three very distinctive terroirs: the “galets roulés” or pebbles known as “Poudingues” that lie under a few inches of limestone-clay; a higher elevation terrace that produces concentrated, intense Syrah & Carignan grapes; and 33 hectares of younger soils made of alluvial deposits perfect for white grapes. The vineyard is protected from the humidity of the Mediterranean Sea by the Fontfroide and Alaric Mountains, creating a corridor where a very strong but dry wind blows more than 200 days a year, providing an arid climate and natural protection against diseases.