The Hedonistic Taster | № 24 | Domaines Paul Mas
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“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.
“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
Suggested Retail: $10.99
Specs: A blend of 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah
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.
Wine: Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé NV | Jean-Claude Mas à Ste. Hilaire
Suggested Retail: $15.99
Specs: 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin, 10% Pinot Noir.
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.
Wine: Arrogant Frog Rosé | Pay d’Oc | Languedoc
Suggested Retail: $9.99
Specs: 100% Syrah
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.
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