How Good is Mas des Capitelles new ‘Classic’ Faugères?

Wine assessment of 2015 Mas des Capitelles ‘Classic’ Faugères Rouge, Languedoc purple from France

Rating: 92+/100

The ‘classic’ cuvée by Languedoc producer Mas des Capitelles is a brand new label for the vineyard geared toward changing over time the ‘Loris’ cuvée.

Classic is a mix of 40% outdated vines Carignan (80+ year-old vines), 30% Mourvèdre and 30% Grenache. Grapes hand-harvested manually from low-yielding vineyards.

The Carignan and Mourvèdre of “Classic” had been aged in French oak barrels for 24 months at 80% earlier than being blended with the Grenache (aged in tank) in order that the oak barrel characters don’t predominate within the wine’s profile.

That is an unfiltered natural wine bottled with a minimal use of sulfites (SO2).

General Tasting Impressions

Actually a dense, fruity, and spicy Languedoc purple, in a attribute candy/savory fashion so typical of the well-made wines from the world.

What surprises and pleases a lot past this nonetheless, is the immense focus of every thing packed into this ‘classic’ cuvee. Aromas, acidity, physique, mushy tannins, and a salty minerality are so intense and dense!

On prime of that, there may be definitely a particular natural spiciness right here, reminding of the wine’s origin in Languedoc area of Southern France, the place the garrigue is full of thyme and rosemary. Maybe a real sense of terroir. This wine definitely makes you consider so!

A wine to expertise it’s…

Full Tasting Notes

This Languedoc purple is available in a reasonably darkish and intense ruby purple colour, almost black to the core and a vibrant darkish purple to the rim with hints of each orange and purple hues.

The nostril may be very pungent and expressive, and surprisingly natural!

Caramel and darkish cherry aromas are the dominant options, giving the wine a sweetly-tempting odor. Highly effective notes of licorice, rosemary, inexperienced olive, and anise carry and spice issues up notably giving the fragrant profile a novel signature. Add touches of earthiness, like heat sand or garrigue, offering additional depth and intrigue!

Definitely, it’s fascinating and intriguing to odor at, layered, fruity however layered and considerably profound.

The palate is completely and surprisingly mushy at first, bursting in wealthy juicy caramel and darkish cherry flavors (identical to on the nostril, these are the dominant options on the palate).

It is a dry purple boasting a salty and mineral acidity. However tannins really feel so easy and velvety, and the physique so spherical and oily, whereas the sweet-tasting ripe purple berries flavors give a way of opulent fruitiness, that the wine feels warming and satisfying from a lot goodness.

In direction of the end, it actually explodes in intense and complicated fruity, caramely, spicy and Violette-like floral notes. That’s if you understand the sheer focus packed into this Faugères.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

Be taught Extra about this Wine’s Area of Origin: Faugères

Mas des Capitelles Classic Label Photographs

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