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Domaine Des Masques ‘Essentielle’ Syrah-Grenache 2012


My sister came over with Domaine Des Masques ‘Essentielle’ Syrah-Grenache 2012, another bottle procured during our Rosé afternoon a couple of weeks back. I had intended on adding it my basket, but somehow I didn’t end up including it, so I was rather happy to give it a pour. Winemakers Sebastian Ballester and Yves Cuilleron oversee Domaine Des Masques, located more than 550 metres above sea level in the Aix en Provence region. The 15 acres of vineyards are on southern facing slopes in an area classified as a “Grand European Site”. They do not use any herbicides or insecticides and are in the process of converting much of the land, including olive groves and lavender fields to organic farming. They strive to “express the terroir, to make authentic wines worthy of this place.”


Pale, bright coral in colour, aromas of pink grapefruit, peach, white lilies and hints of vanilla radiated from the glass. Fresh peach and apricot flavours were joined by sweet honeysuckle in the light body. Bitter grapefruit elements comprised the dry finish. A lovely balance between sweet flavours and refreshing dry notes makes for a fantastic, crisp and elegant glass excellent with a wide variety of summer dishes or for sipping on its own.


60% Syrah, 40% Grenache
Aix en Provence
Bottled by Domaine Des Masques
12.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2014

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