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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

2015 Lorgeril Chateau de Pennautier Terroirs d’Altitude Cabardès, Languedoc

Score: 91/100

This Languedoc red by Lorgeril, produced on their Chateau de Pennautier estate in the small Cabardès appellation near Carcassonne, is a blend of Cabernet Franc 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 20%, Cot 5%, Syrah 30%, and Grenache 10%.

Each grape variety was vinified separately, before an ageing of 14 months in French oak barrel, half of which were new and half used (1 to 3 years).

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc red comes in a pretty dark red color, that makes itself noticed for its intensity as soon as you pour the wine into your glass. Very dark to the core, and vibrant red to the rim, perhaps with hints of purple.

The nose feels, at first, both deep and lively. Lively fruity ripe red berry notes of blackberry and blackcurrant, augmented and freshened up by raspberry notes. These fresh fruit aromas are almost dominant to the nose, although they are nearly matched by tone of earthiness, like clay, some forest flour character, as well as earthy black pepper spices.

The palate throws pungent and surprising flavors of mint at first, followed by a big burst of punchy ripe and jammy red barriers, strawberry jam mixed with raspberry and blackberry coulis. Significant depth and complexity are brought in seriously as well, through a myriad of spicy peppery notes, both green and black pepper, but also nutmeg and clove, some cardamom too. A sense of sweetness backing up the fruit is also provided by subtle oaky notes of vanilla and sweet caramel.

Dry the wine is, with a sense of savoriness overall, to the finish especially, together with ashy tones. But tannins are quite dense and smooth, and accompanied by a solid body, although controlled and balanced for powerful yet pleasant whole that feels quite elegant.

Overall

A very well made red wine, balanced, powerful and characterful, delivering very precise and clean/clear flavors of fruit, with a wealth of food-friendly savoriness from clovy and peppery spices. Generous, dry, opulent yet controlled all at the same time, this young wine pleases and surprises by the precise expression of its own terroir it holds.

A young wine it feels likes. Although pleasing already, the slightly edgy tannins will benefit from a year in bottle, and it built-in complexity that resides in this Cabardès red should amplify and benefit from a 1 to 5 years cellaring.

Enjoy 🙂

Julien Miquel

Chateau de Pennautier Cabardès Label Images