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Limoux experience the joy of bubbles by Robert Calvert

A great article in Charleston Magazine, summer edition, about sparkling french southwest wines in Limoux appellation by Robert Calvert.

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut Méthode Traditionnelle

Region: Languedoc (Blanquette de Limoux)
Description: Pale yellow with delicate and persistent bubbles. Intense, refined nose of honey, acacia and crystallized lemon with a palate of citrus fruits.
Pairing: An excellent aperitif that pairs well with all styles of cuisine

Côté Mas Blanquette de Limoux Méthode Ancestrale

Region: Languedoc (Blanquette de Limoux)
Description: Apple cider with  sweet flavors of honey, yellow pear and pineapple.
Pairing: Dessert.

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut

Region: Languedoc (Crémant de Limoux)
Description: Pink with delicate bubbles; refined fragrances of honeysuckle, peach and apricot; grapefruit and subtle blood orange flavors.
Pairing: Pairs well with all styles of cuisine.

Wine & Spirits Magazine Year’s Best Languedoc Roussillon

Wine & Spirits Magazine tasted 179 new-release Languedoc-Roussillon wines over the past 12 months. Tara Q. Thomas, critic for southwest France, rated 25 as exceptional (90+) and 15 as Best Buys.

90 Paul Mas Château de Crès Ricards – Stecia 2016

“Grown in the heights of the Terraces du Larzac, this is lush with floral scents, from violets to hyacinths.It feel cool even as the fruit is ripe and open, growing a little meaty and spicy with time in the glass.”

We are in Wine & Spirits magazine 2018 All-Star producer

We are in Wine & Spirits magazine 2018 All-Star producer :

Jean-Claude Mas “runs his company the way he once drove race cars: fast and smart.” His estates across the south of France “offer something for every occasion, from liter bottles of thirst-slaking Côté Mas rosés to earthy syrahs from Chateau des Crès Ricards, plus refreshing sparklers made in Cremant de Limoux.”

The Wine & Spirits magazine also rates Paul Mas 2016 Terrasses du Larzac Château des Crès Ricards Stecia a score of 90 and includes tasting notes and wine label :

Bacchus Wijn Festival Amsterdam 2018 and TV show on travel in South of France

Superb video made by the teams of the Bacchus Wijn Festival Amsterdam as part of our partnership. The south of France is a dream, our vineyard, the suites and the setting of the restaurant Côté Mas just as much, that’s for sure 😉

To find out more about the festival: http://www.bacchuswijnfestival.nl

 

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 2016 from France is Wine of the Week

Every Monday Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com chooses a new wine of the week.

For 16th February 2018 the Paul Mas, Estate Marsanne 2016 from France is his Wine of the Week.

Marsanne is a traditional grape of the Rhône Valley in France, though it is relatively rare to see it bottled as a single varietal wine. This example from Paul Mas’s ‘La Forge’ vineyard in the Languedoc is truly lovely, perhaps picked just a little earlier than some to retain it agility and freshness. What a beguiling nose, a bowlful of ripe pears and peaches, tiny Riesling-like floral and wax nuances, and a hint of oatmeal and almond from partial barrel ageing. Round, succulent and fleshy-fruity on the palate, there is texture and a little spice and toast, but it’s clean as a whistle into the finish. Lovely on its own, but could take everything from Chinese food to white fish in its stride. £8.99 in Majestic on a mixed-six deal at time of review. Watch the video for more information.

Vinalies Internationales 2018 : 3 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals

The Oenologists of France organize in Paris one of the most prestigious competitions of the wine industry: Vinalies® Internationales. For nearly a week, 130 jurors expert in sensory analysis of 40 different nationalities, meet under the presidency of a French oenologist, to blindly taste more than 3500 wines from around the world.

We received this year 3 Gold Medals and 5 Silver Medals:

Mundus Vini Spring 2018 : 3 Gold Medals

Nearly 270 international wine experts from 44 countries spent the six days critically judging almost 6,770 wines from more than 150 wine growing regions all over the world.

Award-winning wines of the MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting will be presented to the trade audience at the world’s largest wine trade fair, the ProWein in Düsseldorf, taking place from 18 – 20 March 2018, at the MUNDUS VINI Tasting Area.
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Capital Gazette article about Languedoc Wine Region and Jean Claude Mas

“We were literally awestruck when we tasted his wines because they were so significantly better than what we have tasted in the past from this vast region. Because vineyards are relatively cheap here, Mas is able to keep prices down and deliver a lot of great wine for reasonable prices. Consumers should take advantage of the prices while this region is in its renaissance stage.”

Read full article on : http://www.capitalgazette.com

Vinisud 2018

Find us at Vinisud 2018 : Hall B2 Stand C22

Discover our new releases of 2018 : Chai Mas, the Roses in evening dress, Château Martinolles Crémant de Limoux Grande Reserve 2013, Y de Jérémie and our first ever primeur tasting of the Clos Astelia, Silenus and Laurinya cuvées !

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Tasted 100% Blind by Andreas Larsson – Our best wine tasting notes in Video

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)

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4 medals at the Best Sparkling Wines of the World 2017 competition

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…

Discover the Domaine Paul Mas 2017 vintage report, an Incroyable vintage

Incroyable” because:

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…

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