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The Roussillon Wines of Mas Llossanes

Mas Llossanes is a brand new wine property in Roussillon, Southern France, based in 2016 by Solenn and Dominique Génot.

Utilizing natural and biodynamic viticulture, the couple produces wines from vineyards of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Chenanson, and Chasan within the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains.

At round 600 meters (200 ft.), altitude right here is fairly excessive for the world contributing to an extended grape ripening season, vital night time/day temperature variations, decrease alcohol ranges and better acidity within the wines.

I labored with Dominique again in 2006 whereas we have been making the wines of Caiarossa, a biodynamic super-tuscan vineyard on the coast of Tuscany. I’ve all the time admired the precision of his method to winemaking influenced by his research in Burgundy, and his fixed ambition to extract one of the best from the grapes but preserving freshness and acidity.

Mas Llossanes property shouldn’t be massive, actually a vigneron form of measurement, with about 12 hectares of vineyards (30 acres). However that is effectively sufficient to maintain the younger winemaking couple busy, and produce about 30Okay bottles of wine per 12 months (manufacturing of 2016 classic, the property’s first crop beneath present administration).

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Discover beneath wine critiques, info and tasting notes for all of Mas Llossanes wines.

Mas Llossanes Wines – Reviewed

2016 Mas Llossannes ‘Au Dolmen’ Cotes Catalanes, Roussillon, France

Rating: 90/100 factors

The ‘Au Dolmen’ cuvée is Mas Llossanes’ predominant wine, created from previous vines beneath the IGP Côtes Catalanes appellation.

It is a mix of 73% Carignan, 15% Syrah, and 12% Chenanson fermented by indigenous yeasts (wild yeasts) in stainless-steel tanks then aged in used oak barrels.

Total Wine Overview & Tasting Impression

A Roussillon pink wine a darkish and somewhat intense coloration as is anticipated from the world, deep pink with purple hues.

The fragrant profile throws highly effective notes of volcanic ashes, mineral and reductive notes of Sulphur compounds at first. Make sure that to decant half an hour previous to serving.

Give it a while to breathe, and the wine begins to open up. You’ll be rewarded by deep notes of cocoa, blackberry and darkish purple plum, with uncommon natural and spicy characters of thyme, rosemary, and black pepper.

The dense and highly effective palate options uncooked granulous tannins with a stable focus, a vibrant acidity underlining shiny pink berry fruit characters, and general stability in a warming, comforting really feel we take pleasure in in wines from Southern France.

Loads of earthy notes, a dry and ashy really feel, make for a somewhat austere tasting expertise counter-balancing the opulence and richness of the fruit character, and the warmth of the apparent spiciness.

A posh and attention-grabbing Roussillon pink, crammed with a hearty persona and stable focus, though one doesn’t essentially completely see whereas tasting the place the main target level is within the mix right here. The reductive notes are most likely concerned in blurring the strains.

A wine that calls for for wealthy and aromatic meals like grilled meats, hearty stews or tapas to make for a extra full and fulfilling sense.

2016 Mas Llossanes ‘Dotrera’ Cotes Catalanes, Roussillon

Rating: 91/100 factors

Dotera is the flagship cuvée by Mas Llossanes to this point. The title stands for “Present of the Earth” in Catalan, the native historic language.

This 2016 classic is a mix of Carignan (40%), Grenache (30%), Syrah (14%), and Chenanson (16%) aged in stainless-steel for the Grenache and used oak barrels for the opposite grape varieties.

Winemaker Dominique insists on retaining the affect of oak to a minimal, to retain the freshness and the real expression of the terroir and the grapes.

Total Wine Overview Notes & Tasting Impressions

A vigorous pink wine stuffed Southern France’s sunshiny goodness. Comforting darkish cherry and blackberry are joined by pungent spicy and natural notes of garrigue, thyme and rosemary, in addition to inexperienced and black pepper tones in a joyful and warming mid-to-full-bodied texture.

The acidity stands out as a mineral and crisp function, uncommon at this degree of depth but in addition refinement out of this space, actually as a result of altitude of Mas Llossanes vineyards.

Clear, with mineral fruity notes, a super-dry really feel crammed with acidic pressure, concentrated granulous but spherical tannins, this can be a characterful pink that teases your curiosity each second of the tasting.

A wine showcasing the potential of newly-established producer Dominique Genot and guarantees of Mas Llossanes as an attention-grabbing up-and-coming vineyard of Roussillon.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

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