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2016 Mas des Capitelles Faugères Vieilles Vignes, Languedoc


Rating: 94/100

This previous vines purple wine from the Languedoc wine area in Southern France, and extra particularly the Faugères AOP appellation, is a mix of 80+-year-old Carignan (25%), with 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre.

Grapes are fastidiously chosen through the hand harvest of the low-yielding previous vineyards.

The Lauge household working Mas des Capitelles Property

After a protracted fermentation and maceration of skins (prolonged to over 30 days), 20% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months, utilizing as little sulfites (SO2) as potential.

This Faugères is just not solely an natural wine, however the vineyards grapes are sourced from are run utilizing the precept of biodynamics.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc purple wine is available in an immensely darkish purple coloration, with an enormous coloration depth, of a clear darkish purple with hints of purple hues.

The nostril is not any much less intense, boasting with darkish purple berries, a particular blackcurrant and ripe blackberry scent, augmented by darkish chocolate, black pepper, a contact of vanilla and lots of layers of candy spices.

The palate could be very dense and clean, dry and that includes a stable acidity that underlines the freshness of the purple berry flavors properly.

But, a giant burst of potent ripe berry flavors actually explodes in your mouth, liberating like fireworks a great deal of secondary notes of clove, nutmeg, and extra importantly, a wealth of black pepper.

Total

A dense and super-concentrated purple wine, infused with previous vines’ immense goodness and utter focus on pour terroir may give to purple wine. Dense, but that includes very clean tannins, exact and contemporary ripe berry flavors, complexity and lots of layers of spices, toasted nuts and clear hints of floral violet characters. All of the elements of a soon-to-become excellent purple are packed into this younger Languedoc surprise.

Character, authenticity and terroir, precision of fruit with complexity from the built-in vinosity, all condensed into a really characterful wine.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

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

Mas des Capitelles Previous Vines Faugères Label Photographs

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