Though Cyriaque is within the boundaries of the appellation Pic St-Loup, the lion’s share of his production is Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape varietal that is outside of the constraints set for the A.O.C. in the Languedoc. This means that in lieu of getting an A.O.C. cru status, he must take a Vin de Pays d’Oc designation. The trade-off for Cyriaque is that he gets to make his wines his way, and we, in turn, get an incredible price—a mutually beneficial trade-off. Being rebellious seems to come naturally to a man of such innate talent, and the elegance of his wines are proof enough in a region where bigger is often considered better. Make no mistake, raw terroir and spicy garrigue abound in these wines, with rich, juicy fruit and silky tannins.
Made by Cyriaque Rozier, who is also the winemaker at Chateau la Roque, the 2012 Les Traverses de Fontanes is a solid blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that has lots to like. Exhibiting notions of dark fruits, plum sauce, spice, licorice and dried herbs, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and plenty of chewy tannin on the finish. It's a delicious, fruit-loaded and well-made effort that will shine with heartier dishes, and drink nicely for 4-5 years. - Wine Advocate
Vines planted in 1970. Hand-harvested and all fruit is de-stemmed, natural fermentation takes place at low temperatures, punch downs and pump-overs take place regularly, wine is aged for 6 months to one year in stainless.