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Mas La Chevaliere, Grenache, Pays d'Oc, Languedoc

France
Grenache
2018
$22 .95
- 2 bottles +

Tasting Notes

Soft alluring aromas of grapefruit, bay leaves, underripe cherry, and peach skin. The palate is distinctly zippy, with citrus-focused flavors of lemon and grapefruit, with subtle notes of rosemary, jasmine, and lavender. The finish is just as fresh as the beginning, with a finish of mandarin and nectarine flavors.

About

“De La Chevalière” is “of the knight’s lady,” a reference to “Mas La Chevalière” which is literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the name of the famous Laroche property in southern France. (The very same Laroche of Chablis). Although the farm is historic, the winery is an ultra-modern, temperature-controlled facility designed by Michel Laroche. Mas La Chevalière is considered a reference point in the region for the quality of its winery equipment, which allows for the precise expression of each grape variety and vineyard parcel. Produced mostly from the organic Roqua Blanca site on schistous soils ideal for this Syrah-Grenache blend - (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Cinsault). The high altitude here maintains the aromatics and freshness, supported by whole-bunch pressing to make a delicate style of rosé. Sourced from the Languedoc region: Syrah from the Cévennes; Grencache from Béziers and the Cévennes. The Cévennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters, steep slopes covered in forests and jagged rock cliffs and ledges. More than a mountain chain, the Cévennes are, in fact, a multitude of many-sided open spaces which form the southern part of the Central Massif as it veers toward the Languedoc. Maritime and mountain influences provide cooler nighttime temperatures. Vineyard exposure is south and southwest slopes; elevation 100-300 meters (328-984 feet); the soil is predominantly clay and limestone.

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