La Chapelle, Chateau St Jacques d'Albas
This is the top wine of the estate and is made in very restricted quantities. It's predominantly old-vine Syrah with some old-vine Grenache, oak-aged for three years with further maturation in bottle. So, think big northern Rhone e.g. Cornas or Hermitage, only this is a less austere wine from a warmer region. It's dark, almost black, and dense with high alcohol (15%) which it gives it a rounded finish and an extremely full texture reminiscent of Amarone. in fact, it's such a rich wine that it could function as a replacement for port at the end of a special meal with cheeses or nuts.
Chateau St Jacques d'Albas is a small family-owned property at Laure in the Aude departement . The philosphy of the family is to produce quality wines with minimum intervention in the vineyard in terms of chemical additives or insecticides. Yields are kept quite low and as much as possible in th wine-making process is done in a non-mechanical way.