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Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence 2011


A  charming, rustic red blend from the south of France with engaging layers of tart fruit and smoky spices.

Estate: A family owned domaine consisting of 47 hectares of vineyards and 20 of olive groves; the Cartier family has farmed it for several generations. Located in the heart of the Alpilles, a small mountain range in Provence, Nicolas Cartier and his sons Luc and Frederi have been practicing organic, traditional farming methods that have garnered their wines much recognition for their “powerful expression” of the grapes and land.

Winemaking: The family follows the “Nature and Progress ” laws that forbid any use of chemical fertilizer, weed killer and insecticide. The grapes are hand harvested, traditional vinification methods are practiced, the wines are only lightly filtered, and certified organic by ECOCERT. The rouge is a traditional blend of grapes, with percentages varying from each vintage. The 2011 has more Syrah due to new plantings, and more Carignan then typical.

Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of jammy blackberry, grape and spice. Elegant notes of tart wild berries, floral hints and firm tannins erupt into a boldly spiced, lengthy finish of crushed black peppercorn, licorice and traces of smoky earth.

35% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 24% Carignan
Les Baux de Provence
13% Alcohol
Mis en Bouteille au Mas par MME Nicolas Cartier et Ses Fils Propriétaires Récoltants [Bottled at the estate by Cartier and His Son Owners Growers]
Enjoy now thru 2016

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