l’Ostal Cazes Rose 2013


We raved about the 2012 vintage – so much so it sold out – and guess what, the 2013 Vintage doesn’t disappoint either.

Perfect for a long afternoon in the sun or shade, this is summer sipping at it’s best. A bright translucent colour reveals a delicate, refreshing floral palate, whiff of an HB Brunch and lovely swallow.

Grenache, Syrah, Shiraz blend.

Dear in O’Briens at €14.99 a bottle. We got this on a buy one, get one half price deal,  so €11.25 a bottle. Sold out again I believe.

Hobby Horse Footnote: L’Ostal Cazes, like many other big producers must have considered investing in a Stelcap line so it was good to see that they have a proper cork closure – below – from DIAM, guaranteed free of TCA, an investment in good wine tradition; ceremony, presentation and standards. Rant over.


Cork from l'Ostal Cazes


On the Patio in the Sun. L’Ostal Cazes Rosé 2012. 50% Grenache 50% Syrah

L'ostal Cazes Rose 2012 (Small) L'ostal Cazes Rose (Small)

This is a real find. More a Blush than a Rose, it appeared as if the slightest drop of Red had rinsed the glass.

Lovely nose and a distinctive almost buttery floral rounded flavour. From the Langue D’oc, apparently Lynch Bages own the Vineyard.

Tony felt that it was quite delicate and refined. Lesley liked it too. It helped of course that we sipped this in glorious sunshine on the Patio having returned from watching the Lions being beaten by the Wallabies. Excellent refreshing aperitif.

O’Briens. 3 for 2 Rose promotion. €13.99 a bottle otherwise.