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Andreas Larsson was a firm believer in blind tasting as the only true way to taste wine. The absolute objectivity of blind tasting allows the taster to focus exclusively on his or her senses, without preconceptions about the wine clouding their judgement. Andreas focused mainly on that tasting approach when on his quest to become Best Sommelier of the World, a goal he reached in 2007; and he attributes his success largely to his dedication to blind tasting all levels of wine and spirits.
For professional blind tastings the environment is as neutral as possible, with various environmental factors strictly controlled to guarantee perfect tasting conditions: temperature, degree of humidity, air pressure, noise, smells, colours, and last but certainly not least, lighting conditions.
Château Lauriga Soleil Blanc 2016 : 92 / 100 (Best Languedoc Roussillon White Wine)
The 15th annual qualitative competition between the Best Sparkling Wines of the World take place on November 15-17, 2017 in Dijon – Wine producing area of Burgundy – Culinary College “Le Castel”.
This event is unique in terms of its scope, its method and therefore its ambition with more than 28 countries, more than 600 wine samples and more than 100 international expert judges, including 50% from outside France.
This year, 4 Domaines Paul Mas wines get a price : read more…
1. Earlier than ever. Started on 8th August for the Sauvignon Blanc.
2. Smallest crop and smallest yield ever. 7.2 tons/Ha on our contracted vineyards. 5.1 tons/ha on our own vineyards (AOP mainly).
3. Best ever due to sufficient rain in the winter and spring. Frost affected mostly the higher yielding vineyards
4. Although the harvest started very early compared to the average year, the ripening was quite slow, very homogenous and there were no over-stress factors.
The singularity of the year’s climate led to early grape maturity and harvesting, about a fortnight early compared to an average year. The unusual heat at times led to a healthy stress on the vines and slowed down the maturation process.
A few words on each grape variety: read more…
Astelia Limoux Chardonnay recommended this morning on BBC Saturday Ktichen
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09fc163/saturday-kitchen-04112017 at about 53:25 mins in.
Revue Vinicole Internationale : Domaines Paul Mas wine awarded by Challenge BIO 2017 – 5 gold medals : Claude Val Blanc 2016, Côté Mas Rosé 2016, Cuvée Secrète Chardonnay 2015, Les Tannes Organic Cabernet Merlot 2015, Rural par Nature Blanc 2016 – 2 Silver medals : Mas des Tannes Blanc Classique 2016, Arrogant Frog Cabernet Merlot Organic 2015 – 3 bronze medals : Rural par Nature Rouge 2015, Domaine Silène des Peyrals 2015, Mas des Tannes Reserve Blanc 2015. read more…
In Decanter magazine, Jean Claude Mas Astelia Limoux tasted by James Button
Our wine is part of Aldi wines tasted and rated : 90
“Made by Languedoc legend Jean Claude Mas, this 100% Chardonnay wine from Limoux has a lovely lifted lemon, apple and honeycomb aroma. The mouthfeel is broad and waxy, with a touch of grapefruit bitterness balanced by melon and floral notes. A fantastic wine.”
Supplément ELLE Magazine : Encart publicitaire pour le Restaurent Côté Mas.
La Gazette du Centre Morbillan – FAV Super U JOSSELIN : Jean-Claude Mas Syrah Viognier ; Jean-Claude Mas Chardonnay Pays d’Oc IGP.
Le Journal de L’Orne – FAV E.LECLERC : Vinus Chardonnay Organic. read more…
Browse our pressbook online for this week of September 25, 2017 : read more…
Some of the best palates from across Asia have gathered in Hong Kong to judge more than 3,000 wines in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017. More than 50 wine experts, including top sommeliers and Masters of Wine, began judging at this year’s Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA 2017) in Hong Kong. read more…
Browse our pressbook online for this week of September 18, 2017 : read more…
Nearly 4,300 wines from 42 of the world’s wine-growing areas were blind tasted and rated by the 164-strong jury of experts, who travelled here from 41 countries specifically for this event. read more…
Browse our pressbook online for this week of September 11, 2017 : read more…
We are pleased to appear in the wine guide Bettane & Desseauve among the Languedoc producers of the year with the note of 2 stars as well as many remarkable and distinguished cuvées: : read more…
Very fine results in the Merlot 2017 world competition, the only major international competition devoted entirely to Pinot family wines.
The international scope of the competition is once again apparent, with nearly 1,300 wines from 25 countries registered.
The prizes were awarded on August 31st, in the majestic setting of the Château Mercier de Sierre.
Harvesting in South of France in few images :