Caladoc & Famille Deroose
Our wine buyers continue to expand our portfolio with new and exciting wines from family owned wineries across the world. Find out more about our new Caladoc rouge from Famille Deroose.
Caladoc is a crossing of Grenache and Malbec created in Montpellier in 1958 for its resistance to coulure, botrytis and mildew, whilst retaining much of the character of Grenache. It was quickly adopted, and largely confined, to the southern Rhône and Languedoc. It proved its worth in 2018 when mildew devastated much of Mediterranean France, destroying crops by up to 60%. As a named varietal, Caladoc is more commonly seen as a rosé yet it makes full reds with firm structure compared to its softer cousin Marselan (a crossing of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon that was developed at the same time). Whilst Caladoc has commonly formed the backbone of Languedoc red wine blends, it is starting to shine as a varietal red when made by ambitious Vignerons with access to mature Caladoc vines. As growers become more confident in Caladoc they are beginning to realise the potential of an unsung hero.
Famille Deroose are a Flemish family who bought 4 hectares of vineyards in Corbieres 2010. Since then, they have extended their Domaine to 17 hectares in the municipalities of Luc sur Orbieu, Boutenac and Ferrals les Corbieres. Unique for making a single varietal wine from the Caladoc grape; a crossing of Grenache Noir and Malbec which was created in 1958 in the Languedoc.
Deep ruby in colour with oppulent bramble notes on the nose. The palate is soft and round with blackberry, black cherry and damson notes which combine with a long chocolatey finish and juicy tannins.
Best served with cassoulet, sausages, rabbit and lamb.
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