FANTASTIC FRENCH FINDS
Mas Haut-Buis Pays d'Hérault IGP "Les Agrunelles" 2010 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: PAYS D'HERAULT IGP / Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE+CHARDONNAY --- This estate was bought by Olivier Jeantet in 1999. The estate itself is ancient with many of the vines being over 60 years of age and one parcel of 100+ year old, pre-phylloxera carignan. Jeantet seeks to make authentic wines of the region, Terrasses du Larzac. He farms organically and uses indigenous yeasts to ferment his wines. Jeantet also uses cement tanks for fermentation, using larger oak barrels for maturation rather than as a seasoning to the wine. The results are classic: at once fruitful and rustic wines. Les Agrunelles is a white wine blend of mostly roussanne and some chardonnay. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and was aged for a year in large 600 liter oak barrels. The oak was not new so created an additional layer of texture rather than intense oaky flavors. This shows a mineral core, but has a touch of weight making it perfect for mustard-glazed grilled chicken thighs.
Domaine des Masques Syrah-Grenache Rosé "Essentielle" Bouches du Rhône IGP 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: BOUCHES DU RHONE IGP / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE --- This domaine is in the heart of the Provence region, overlooking Aix-en-Provence. The estate sits on a breathtaking plateau looking down on already mountainous plots. With the help of esteemed Rhône winemaker Yves Cuilleron (whose delightful roussanne we featured last week!), the property is producing a lovely range of wines, none more alluring than this rosé. Fragrant and elegant, this blend of syrah and grenache is the perfect foil to seafood and chicken dishes or a heap of grilled vegetables.