Vegan wine profile: 2016 Le Canon du Maréchal` Muscat/Viognier
New to Aubaine for 2018, our chefs have been hard at work creating a purely vegan menu for January (or Vegan-uary!). On our mission to find the perfect accompaniment to our plant-based menu, we came across le Canon du Maréchal. This Muscat/Viognier 2016 vintage, is delightfully light and fresh and is steeped in history.
With 220 hectares of vines, the home of le Canon du Maréchal, Domaine Cazes, is the largest certified organic and biodynamic estate in France. This vineyard is located in the sunniest region of France, Roussillon, and the wine’s name ‘Le Canon du Maréchal’ actually refers to the famous general, Maréchal Joffre, who was born in the area. Maréchal Joffre sold his vineyards to the Cazes family in 1927 and it has since been passed down through the generations, with Emmanuel Cazes as its current owner.
In 1997, Emmanuel decided to switch to organic and biodynamic viticulture methods and use only natural soil treatments. Since farming biodynamically, the vineyards are healthier, and the vines are stronger. In addition, there is more freshness and minerality in the wines, giving the wine its distinct taste and vegan roots.
Interestingly, the ‘Canon’ part of this wine’s name is a reference to the Roussillon saying ‘boire uncanon’ (‘to have a drink!’).
Visit us any day in January to try our vegan wine alongside our plant-based dishes from £12.50 for 2 courses.