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2007 Mas des Capitelles Assortment N1 Faugères, Languedoc


Rating: 95/100 factors

The ‘Assortment’ Cuvée by Languedoc vineyard Mas des Capitelles is the top of the producer’s winemaking know-how, aimed toward being absolutely the expression of their finest terroir. In their very own phrases: “Exception par excellence, the “Assortment” classic is a mirrored image of our data and expertise ruled by excessive requirements, endurance and rarity.

This 2007 classic numbered as “No. 1” —the cuvée’s first-ever classic ,the second classic being the Assortment N2 in 2011— is a mix of 80% Mourvèdre with 20% Carignan and Syrah.

The Lauge household operating Mas des Capitelles Property

Grapes had been all hand-harvested. Whereas the Mourvèdre and Syrah had been fermented utilizing the normal winemaking method, the Carignan was made utilizing the carbonic maceration course of (just like Beaujolais Nouveau wine), with prolonged maceration lasting for over 30 days.

The wines had been then aged in French oak barrels for 24 months after which matured in tanks for one more 12 months.

Unfiltered and with a minimal use of sulfites (SO2), that is an natural wine from Mas des Capitelles’ biodynamically-cultivated vineyards.

Total Tasting Impressions

A fascinating, stunningly complicated, and layered a tasting expertise this N1 cuvée offers.

The producer, Mas des Capitelles, claims that that is the best-possible expression of their Faugères terroir and vines, their final go at producing a genuine-to-its-land world-class Languedoc wine. They’ve actually achieved their purpose, developing with a wine that’s bursting with solar and comforting wealthy fruity flavors, a dry and savory really feel, coated in a velvety smoothness.

Essentially the most spectacular elements are the depth of flavors, the layered and highly effective size, and the fruity/savory basic really feel… They strikingly kind a coherent entire right here.

Full Tasting Notes

This Languedoc crimson wine is available in a reasonably darkish and mysterious crimson shade certainly, almost black to the core, that includes an intense darkish crimson with each orange and purple hues to the rim. It’s wanting mature in a means, with hints of orange hues, but in addition on the identical time youthful for a 10-year-old wine, displaying vibrant purple hues too.

The nostril provides a clue to what we’re with right here. It’s highly effective and fairly pungent, but deep and mysterious as nicely.

Pungent notes of crimson berry fruits dominate the fragrant profile, particularly blackcurrant, and excellent function of the fragrant profile, so pure and energetic.

Notes that every one these descriptions are made on a wine that’s been aerated by way of decanting for about an hour previous to tasting. The wine merely wanted it, feeling tight and introvert earlier than.

As soon as opened up although, the recent crimson berry flavors and cooked apple fruity notes, are complemented and deepened by a myriad of candy spices, however much more importantly, a way of earthiness and forest flooring, though the general odor all the time stays energetic and fruity. We’re right here with a recent wine that’s 100% alive regardless of it’s comparatively superior age for a Languedoc crimson. These are the signal given by the nostril at the least…

Put the wine in your mouth, and should you had any doubt in regards to the freshness and pungency of the wine, it makes on the palate an enormous assertion.

The Mourvèdre-dominant crimson explodes actually in bursting blackcurrant and strawberry jam flavors, augmented by white and black pepper, some nutmeg and different spices too.

Highly effective caramel, espresso and toffee notes seize your senses authoritatively, considerably just like the darkest of goodies let’s your style buds know: “what did you anticipate, we’re into severe enterprise of yumminess right here!

Tannins are smooth, slightly granulous, on the velvet facet greater than the silky one, permitting them to supply on the identical time a sensation of easy AND character, with a barely grippy really feel to the end.

This can be a dry wine, with a energetic acidity underlining the crimson berry flavors nicely, however so balanced by wealthy fruity flavors, an oily texture and a sun-ripen fruit warming sensation the entire feels beneficiant, candy/bitter, dry and ashy from such concentrated spices, but total fruity and wealthy.

Lengthy-lasting and layered the tasting expertise actually is…

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Mas des Capitelles Assortment N1 Label Photos

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2011 Mas des Capitelles Assortment N°2 Faugères, Languedoc


Rating: 93/100

The ‘Assortment’ cuvée by Languedoc vineyard Mas des Capitelles is, as instructed by the producer “a mirrored image of our data and expertise ruled by excessive requirements, persistence and rarity.” In a single phrase, assortment is their ‘flagship’ wine.

Mas des Capitelles’ assortment sequence started with the 2007 classic. However as a result of it is just produced in “distinctive years”, the 2011 classic reviewed right here is just the second label within the sequence, therefore its title Assortment N°2.

This Faugères purple is an natural wine, from vineyards grown utilizing the ideas of biodynamics, mix of 80% Syrah with 20% Mourvèdre and Carignan.

The Lauge household operating Mas des Capitelles Property

Harvested by hand, it was fermented historically for the Mourvèdre and Syrah, whereas the Carignan was fermented utilizing carbonic maceration (the standard winemaking strategy of Beaujolais Nouveau, but additionally somewhat frequent on Languedoc’s Carignan to extract the fruity parts of the grape).

With an prolonged maceration of skins after fermentation for over 30 days, the wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 24 months, earlier than additional maturation in vats of about 12 months.

Unfiltered earlier than bottling, with a minimal use of sulfites (SO2), it’s meant to showcase the perfect of what Mas des Capitelles vineyard could make.

So How Good is Mas des Capitelles Assortment N°2?

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc purple is available in a reasonably darkish purple colour, however a vibrant one. It’s trying practically black to the core however shows pungent hues of purple making it look deep and imposing. A dense and somewhat young-looking wine for a 6-7 year-old child, giving a clue already to its pedigree.

The nostril is pungent and highly effective, lifted by highly effective notes of orange peel.

Admittedly, the cork to this very bottle smelt a bit of oxidized, so it’s doable that this very wine might need seen a bit of extra oxygen that it ought to have due to the closure. However hey, that is the pure bottle variation, necessary for any wine.

But, this can be a very talkative wine, that includes a wealth of fruity characters that counsel it couldn’t have been so oxidized in spite of everything. Maybe it’s jus a signature type for this biodynamic wine. This may should be confirmed with additional tasting on the vineyard maybe!

The fragrant profile throws pungent recent however ripe blackcurrant notes, which can be so typical of wines from the Faugères appellation. Strawberry jam and recent ripe cherries, are joined in a joyful ballet of aromas. White and black pepper, clove, espresso and caramel, dried banana, forest flooring. There’s a lot happening. Pungent and vigorous, each deep and lifted by the opulent fruit on the identical time.

Considerably laborious to get your head round, in a great way. Suggesting a characterful, genuine, advanced and distinctive wine.

That is precisely confirmed on the palate. Dry the wine is, with a crisp citrusy acidity underlined by particular orange and lemon peel flavors. Zesty and zingy it’s.

But, the standard Southern-France spherical physique makes it style wealthy and oily, backed up in that by ripe purple berries flavors. Each ripe and gorgeously berry-sweet tasting it’s, but additionally zingy and sharp. Very like recent purple berries themselves when you consider it!

It tastes like a recent candy blueberry or blackcurrant berry, with the drying and barely vegetal phenolics included.

Enormous burst of espresso liqueur and darkish cocoa to the end, augmented by a myriad of candy spices, right into a layered end.

Total

A shocking purple wine at first, clearly throwing your senses round, and taking part in with what you assume you already know about wine, throwing sensations in all instructions… Which is an effective factor!

It delivers focus of identified flavors, along with lesser identified combos. Zesty lime and orange, include gorgeously candy purple berry flavors, loads of spices and candy caramel notes.

The entire is opulent, totally attention-grabbing, balanced and layered.

Properly-crafted and balanced wine, in its personal unique approach.

A wine price experiencing…

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Study Extra about this Wine’s Area of Origin: Faugères

Mas des Capitelles Assortment N°2 Label Photographs

The Last Cocktail, a Luxury Collection Cocktail

The Luxury Collection signature cocktail embodies the wondrous experiences and memories of distinctive hotel destinations. Just as with each hotel and resort, The Luxury Collection Cocktail unlocks an experience to be remembered and savored. The Last Cocktail Add all ingredients except prosecco to cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, double strain, and serve up in martini glass. Top with prosecco and garnish with a sprinkle of ground clove. Enjoy! Ingredients Clove Garnish Top with Prosecco 3/4 oz Lemon Juice 3/4 oz Pear Puree 3/4 oz Rosemary Infusion 3/4 oz Gin

Starting a whiksy collection

Article by Sam Jones

Introduction to Whisky Collecting. If you love the idea of whisky collecting and want to build your own whisky collection, where do you start? The wide range of tastes, types and qualities of whisky can confuse anyone and it is hard to imagine how many varieties of whisky there really are available. One place that can help you out is Sam’s whisky – a whisky resource site that also contains a number of reviews on a large number of different whiskies. But understanding alcoholic drinks and whisky in particular is not the easiest thing for a beginner, so hopefully this article will help you understand the basics of building your own collection.Focus Is ImportantBefore you go out there and buy every bottle you can find for your whisky collection, you might want to sit down and decide on an area of the market to focus on. You could focus your whisky collecting on a specific taste, a specific blend or even a specific region or country. You could also stick to a specific brand of whisky and focus on trying to complete a specific distillery collection before branching out into other areas. A Beginners Whisky CollectionWhisky isn’t exactly the cheapest of alcoholic beverages but this doesn’t mean a beginner cannot start his own collection for a low amount. With just £100, a beginner can make an impressive start to his whisky collection. There are numerous varieties of whisky for under £30 a bottle including:• Glengoyne – an impressive malt (£27)• Black Bottle – a smoky, heavy whisky (£22)• Nikka All Malt – a Japanese blended malt (£22)• Glenfiddich – a sweet and popular malt (£25)• Georgia Moon – great on summer nights (£18)Aside from these there are numerous other whiskies that can be bought at affordable prices from both supermarkets and whisky retailers which are a great place for a beginner to start whisky collecting.BudgetAs shown above, starting your whisky collection can be done quite affordably. Given the prices of single malt whiskies (they can range from £40 to thousands of pounds) you might want to set yourself a budget and stick to it. Maybe you can afford to buy one cheap(ish) bottle a month or maybe you would rather save your hard earned money and wait for a few months until you can afford that extra special bottle that you have had your eyes on for a while. Whisky collecting doesn’t mean that you should spend every penny you have on building your collection but rather that you can build your collection over time and enjoy each bottle you buy. You can also let friends and family know about your whisky collection, and maybe they can help with the cheaper bottles at birthdays and Christmas.If you want more information on whisky collecting a good place to start would be my own blog samswhisky . Not only can they help you decide which whisky to buy with the help of their ‘review’ section but they can also advise you how to taste whisky like an expert. Sam’s Whisky is a great place to look when starting your own whisky collection!