The Hedonistic Taster | № 24 | Domaines Paul Mas | Languedoc, FR.

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 24 | Domaines Paul Mas 

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.

Santé!

Today’s Tasting:

Domaines Paul Mas | Languedoc, FR.

“Luxe Rural” – An appreciation for the simple things in life.

This summer, fourth generation vine grower and first generation wine maker Jean-Claude Mas unleashed a trio of his “luxe rural” rosé wines as part of a “Rosé en Mas” virtual tasting for #wineStudio, an online wine community to which I belong.

I wanted to share my tasting notes from the event with you for a few reasons.

Firstly, the wines of Domaines Paul Mas provide exceptional value. They also evince enough character and coloratura for any meal, occasion, or season.

Additionally, as a student of Burgundy, I also find that the wines of Domaines Paul Mas provide an unparalleled example of that very French concept of terroir, or sense of place – in this case a taste through the Languedoc, France’s ‘destination’ wine region for fine rosé. Enjoy!

Wine: Côté Mas Rosé Aurore – Sud de France | Pay d’Oc IGP

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13%

Suggested Retail:  $10.99

Specs: A blend of 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:   Clear salmon robe.

Nose:  Strawberry, nectarine, Jolly Roger watermelon candy.

Palate:  Delightfully briney, tart yet fleshy Queen Anne cherry bouche. Medium body, acid, finish.

Suggested Pairings:  The texture, depth and complexity of this wine belies its pricetag. Serve this any time of year with poultry or fish.

Score: 88

Wine: Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé NV | Jean-Claude Mas à Ste. Hilaire

Alcohol:  12%

Suggested Retail: $15.99

Specs:  70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin, 10% Pinot Noir.

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear coral robe, vibrant beading, diffuse mousse.

Nose:  Effervescent pamplemousse (grapefruit) aromas.

Palate: Crisp, clean, bright grapefruit notes carry through to a brilliant finish.

Suggested Pairings: Did you know that Limoux ranks as France’s oldest sparkling wine regions? For under $20, this gorgeous-hued crémant accents any brunch, baby or bridal shower.

Score: 87

Wine: Arrogant Frog Rosé | Pay d’Oc | Languedoc

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  13%

Suggested Retail:  $9.99

Specs:  100% Syrah

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Pale rose petal pink robe.

Nose:   Resinous cheery blossom.

Palate: Salinous red fruit. Medium body, acid plus, bright finish.

Suggested Pairings:  For under $10, this is your go-to wine for parental gameside hob-nobbing or unpretentious poolside, patio and picnic gatherings.

Score: 86

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Cheers!

Learn more about Domaines Paul Mas here.

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