Cabernet Sauvignon • Vin de Pays d'Oc
Despite its name, Beau Bijou is no French interpretation of deep, dark Cabernet. No ... the mission of Le Chai's chief winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua was to craft a wine in the style of the finest Napa Valley Cabernet, using the grapes from southern France. And so smitten was he with this dense, velvety beauty he christened it his beau bijou ('beautiful jewel').
2012 was the first vintage Jean-Marc attempted his Beau Bijou. He launched it in the Napa itself, and the Californians adored it! Since then, we've insisted he reserves some of it for nearer to home, too! His aim is to attain the balance of luscious New World ripeness with the grippy rounded tannins you'd find in pricy Napa Cabernets. Using his extensive network of growers, Jean-Marc found a special parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Languedoc that he knew would deliver all that maturity and punch of powerful textured fruit. Its colour is dark enough to absorb light (like the black diamond on the label) and there's oodles of dense cassis with an inviting wrap of toasty spice. It's a big wine, worth decanting an hour or two before serving. Beau Bijou was made to be enjoyed with food - a juicy steak, prime rib or lamb.
Powerful, ripe, cassis aromas. Velvety mouthful of blackcurrant, spice and mint cover firm tannins.
Appellation: Vin de Pays d'Oc
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Full-bodied, rich red
Colour: Deep, black crimson