Vignerons de Camplong is a small cooperative of 30 winegrowers, founded in 1932. The winery is located in heart of the Corbieres appellation in the Languedoc region of France. It is known as "land blessed by the gods" where a monastery was built in 1093. The harmony of nature is so perfect that's it's easy to imagine that this land was created expressly to grow the finest wines. Corbieres is the largest AOC from the Languedoc region, representing 46% of production. Created in 1985, the AOC covers 33,500 acres of vineyards. It has very specific regulations.
The Syrah and Carignan in this blend undergo carbonic maceration, while the traditional winemaking process is applied to the Grenache. Carbonic maceration is a popular technique in Beaujolais but is also used in Corbieres. This method involves filling a sealed vessel with carbon dioxide, then adding whole intact bunches of grapes. Once the alcohol reaches 2% the berries burst, releasing their juice naturally. This process enhances fruity aromas and softens the tannins.
The nose evokes notes of red fruit, blackberry, spices and garrigue (which refers collectively to the wild-growing bush plants of the region such as lavender, juniper, and rosemary). This wine is medium to full-bodied, it has structure with richness, complexity, and is very focused. Pair this wine with duck leg confit or add some pork hock and beans and serve it with cassoulet. It will also pair nicely with roast lamb or grilled pork. For a vegetarian option, pair with a creamy garlic and mushroom pasta. When cooking with a plan to serve this wine, add spices such as cinnamon, cumin, 5-spice powder, star anise, and dried herbs to the dish to bring out those same flavors in the wine.