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Domaine Gardiés is a family winery covering about 30 hectares in the Roussillon, centered around the hilly, old Pyrenean hamlets of Vingrau and Tautavel. Jean Gardiés took over the family domaine in the early nineties and has slowly increased the amount of his production. Mas Las Cabes is a vineyard located near the village of Espira de l'Agly, a little closer to the once famous vineyards of Rivesaltes, and further, to the Mediterranean. They make a red and a white, the latter coming from vineyards of slightly higher elevation. The red is a blend of 60% syrah, 30% grenache, and 10% carignan, made with a long, traditional fermentation in concrete tanks before 1/3 is graduated to neutral barrels for 8 months. It's a deep, saturated red with soul and polish, fit for grilled sausages, ratatouille, or (of course) cassoulet.