Cathar Treasure is not merely a whimsical fantasy idea - it is a rich seam of religious and political intrigue with a whiff of heresy, violence and corruption thrown in. A sort-of medieval conspiracy theory for Romantic francophiles.
And if you have never visited the fortified city of Carcassone, you are missing out.
This Trésor Cathare from southern French cooperative Vignobles Foncalieu makes quite a statement for itself then - the question is does it deliver?
Fortunately it does - and then some.
Trésor Cathare, IGP Cité de Carcassonne, 2017 cassis and dark berries with inky pencil shavings and pepperiness. Ripe yet fresh and supple with fine, rounded tannins. Substantial, with excellent underpinnings. Deft, harmonious and very well made.
Improves with some aeration and will repay cellaring.
Match with roast red meats or hearty casseroles.