Rich, ripe, blackcurrant and cassis fruit, with smoky and peppery hints. Ripe tannins and a savoury coffee note with a delicate hint of oak.
When it comes to matching a wine with steak (or other red meat), look no further than this fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon. The story began last December on a buying trip to Languedoc. We were tasting with Xavier Roger, and had tried the 2021 vintage of a number of existing wines. He then produced a Cabernet Sauvignon which I thought was stunning. There was one small problem – no label, no name! Fast forward to a cold March morning when I was out for an early morning jog. As I stopped for a breather just past Ilkley Monastery, I was greeted by a field of Belted Galloways – a truly beautiful and majestic breed. By the time I’d arrived home, I’d decided on ‘Big Beltie’ for the fantastic, nameless Languedoc Cabernet and Wendy in our Design office soon had the label designed. The wine is now here and even better than I remember!
Mastering the nuances of Southern French varietals and combining traditional and modern winemaking techniques, Xavier Roger wines are a superb example of the quality that are now being produced in the South of France. Using the best parcels in the area, the quality of the range is truly outstanding
The Big Beltie Cabernet Sauvignon requires perfectly ripe grapes to show its full potential. Xavier looks for the right moment for the harvest of each particular vineyard, ensuring perfect phenolic maturity. The grapes are destemmed, crushed and then sent to maceration for about ten weeks. This long process is ideal to extract the fruity character of the variety. Approximately one third of the blend is aged with half-toasted French oak which adds complexity to the wine.