2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” #Winophiles

This month, the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to the Languedoc-Roussillion region of France (which is now part of a newly formed region called the “Occitanie” – more on that later).  I’ve chosen a wine from Minervois La Livinière appellation – the 2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” and pairing it with vegan chili!

About Minervois La Livinière

Minervois La Liviniere is a red wine appellation of the Languedoc region in southern France. La Liviniere is a commune in the north of the area covered by the Minervois appellation, with a reputation for producing some of the finest red wines of the region.

After their wines were classified as AOC Minervois in 1985, the producers of La Liviniere spent 10 years lobbying the INAO (the government body in charge of France’s appellation system) for their own, more-specific appellation; eventually they were successful. They were granted AOC status in 1999.


The Minervois La Liviniere title is uniquely for the local dry red wines produced from traditional Carignan and Cinsaut grapes, assisted by classic Rhone varieties GrenacheSyrah and Mourvedre. The latter three are cepages ameliorateurs (‘improver varieties’) and are being widely used across the region to make the traditional Carignan-based wines more complex and approachable. Syrah and Mourvedre must form a minimum of 40% of any wine made under the La Liviniere name, while Carignan and Cinsaut are limited to a maximum of 40%.

The area’s terroir is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and classic southern-French garrigue landscape. Garrigue is the quintessential Provencal landscape of dry, limestone-based scrub land, populated by hardy herbs such as rosemary and lavender. It is this soil make-up which sets La Liviniere apart from the rest of Minervois. (Source)

Domaine L’Ostal

From K&L Wine Merchants…

For many years Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, scoured the countryside of the Languedoc in search of a great property. It wasn’t until he came across the village of La Liviniere in 2002, at the foot of the Montagne Noire, when his search ended. La Liviniere is the Cru appellation of Minervois producing some of the deepest and most powerful reds in this region. Jean-Michel with the help of his son Jean-Charles found a property suitable to their standards and rechristened the estate L’Ostal, meaning both “house” and “family group” in the ancient Occitan language. The domaine comprises some 150 hectares, 60 planted to vineyards and 25 to olive trees. Sunny days and cool night breezes coming off the Montagne distinguish this Cru from the rest of Minervois. The surrounding terroir is composed of layers of limestone and sandy marl, a calcareous soil great for drainage making the roots of the vines dig deep in search of water and nutrients. This terroir is ideal for preserving freshness and acidity in Syrah and Grenache the two primary grapes of the estate

In My Glass

The Grand Vin is composed of 70% Syrah,  15% Carignan, 10% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre The wine sees about 15 months in French oak barrels before bottling and rests at the estate until it is ready to be released.


My tasting notes

Color – Opaque violet
Aromas – Aromatic garrigue, black fruit, cedar, cracked black pepper, and a hint of lavender
Body – Medium-bodied, concentrated and harmonious with ample fruit, balancing acidity and velvety tannins. Great mouth feel!
Taste – Black currant, blackberry, black cherry, vanilla spice, pepper and a hint of cacao
Finish – Long

91 pts – 14.5% abv| SRP – $19.99| Sample purchased for review 

This wine drinks well above its price point!  It’s drinking beautifully now, but should age for well for 7-10 years.  Will buy more!

In my bowl

One of my favorite pairings is Chili  and Syrah.  Given this wine’s high percentage of Syrah, I decided to pair it with Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili topped with avocado!


It was a fabulous pairing! The wine played very well with the smoky, spice and tomato character of the chili!  And the recipe is a winner in my book too!

About Occitanie

Occitanie (Occitania) is the official name of one of the new regions of France which was formed by combining the  neighboring regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées, during the restructuring of France’s regions in January 2016.

Image courtesy of http://www.sud-de-france.com
Image courtesy of http://www.sud-de-france.com

Both Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées regions are very complementary and their combined strength means that Occitanie is now the largest region in France for wine, agriculture and organic agriculture – Isabelle Kanaan, executive director of Sud de France

Check out the Sud de France website to learn more about the region’s export ambitions, wine culture, products and tourist destinations!

And be sure to have a look at what other Occitanie delights my fellow #Winophiles have discovered!



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  1. Wendy Klik says:

    I love the pairing you chose and I love that this bottle is priced so that we can easily add it to our collection.

  2. Sounds delicious. You’ve named several of my favorite varieties. Cheers!

  3. I LOVE this pairing, Martin. I can’t wait to track down a bottle of this wine, too.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Cam! Cheers!

  4. Lynn says:

    So interesting to see- in a positive way- other areas in France pushing for and labeling wines “cru”. Makes sense, particular areas/climats are producing exceptional wines. I wasn’t familiar with La LIvenière, thanks for the intro Martin!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      My pleasure Lynn. Looking forward to the November Beaujolais event!

  5. Sounds like a delicious wine and wonderful pairing.

  6. frankstero says:

    I love this wine, I think it’s the best QPR in the Cazes range!

  7. Nicole Ruiz Hudson says:

    I’ve had these wines before but had not idea that it was the same family as Lynch-Bages — very cool to know. I can also totally see this working with the delicious chili.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Nicole! Looking forward to meeting you IRL at #WBC17!

  8. Jill Barth says:

    I tried this bottle earlier this year and enjoyed it. I can’t get over Minervois, it has so much to offer.

    It is chili season too – I love it and hope to try this verson soon. Thanks Martin!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Jill!

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