Côté Mas Rouge Intense Sud de France IGP 2014

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Estate: For over 100 years, the Mas family has been tending to vines and crafting wine at Château de Conas located in the Coteaux de Languedoc, along the Mediterranean coast. After the French revolution, the estate was broken up leaving only the family residence and 68 acres of land. In 2000, 4th generation winemaker Jean-Claude took over and under his direction, the estate has expanded to include 440 acres of vineyards, including Domaines de Nicole and Les Tannes and Astruc and a progressive winery. Jean-Claude also contracts with 80 small family growers that bring an impressive 2000 additional acres under the Mas Domaine. Known for his progressive approach to modern winemaking, raising the perception of Languedoc wines worldwide, his creativity and sense of humour, Jean-Claude has had many accolades bestowed on him; including ‘Winery of the Year’ by The Guardian and Top 30 ‘Winemakers of Tomorrow’ France’s L’Express magazine.

Philosophy: Striving to craft superior wines with a “New World Flair”, Jean-Claude’s mission is to “create a moment of pure pleasure” with every bottle.

Winemaking: Passionate about the environment, Jean-Claude employs Agriculture Raisonne farming methods and takes it steps further by only using organic fertilizers and adapting the 100 acre Les Tannes estate to all organic farming. The same eco-friendly farming methods and emphasis on respecting the environment are applied to all of the vineyards he contracts with.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant garnet in colour with aromas of dark berries and traces of warm summer earth. Fruit forward with blueberry and cherry flavours accented by herbaceous and earthy elements. Soft tannins and black peppercorn comprise the moderate finish. Although a bit of heat remained on the finish after decanting, this is a fun, friendly size bottle and a great value for the table.

45% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah
Pays d’Oc IGP
France
Bottled by Paul Mas
13.5% Alcohol
$10 [1 litre]
Enjoy now thru 2016

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