We will be presenting our portfolio on the Sud de France pavilion at the LIWF 2013 and Jean-Claude Mas will be with us. As well as showcasing the new vintages of key brands such as Arrogant Frog, Domaine Astruc and Paul Mas Estate, Château Paul Mas wines from the prestige estates and cru appellations such as Pézenas and Grès de Montpellier will be open for tasting. Prima Perla, a new range of Blanquette and Crémant de Limoux will also be open for sampling.
Since the beginning of 2013, the wines of Domaines Paul Mas have won 50 awards. Mas des Tannes Reserve Blanc 2012 and Paul Mas Estate Carignan 2012 have just won a Trophy each in the first ‘Languedoc-Roussillon Sud de France Top 100 wine competition,’ chaired by Tim Atkin MW.
TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTS ON DOMAINES PAUL MAS STAND E10/3 AT LIWF 2013
1. THE CÔTÉ MAS RANGE
A classic Mediterranean white blend, a rich fruity red, an elegant, dry rosé and an innovative Picpoul Frizzante make up the Côté Mas range, all packaged with striking Art Deco labels in the vibrant colours of the Languedoc.
2. MAS DE MAS PINOT BLANC 2012
The Alsatian stalwart Pinot Blanc can also produce a delicate, pear-scented wine with a crisp, mineral core in the Languedoc. The grapes for Mas de Mas Pinot Blanc 2012 were picked from a tiny parcel in a sandy-soiled vineyard that was, until the end of the 19th Century, an ‘étang’ much like the shallow, oyster-laden lagoons down the road at Thau. This wine recently picked up a Gold Medal at the Anivins Vins de France competition.
3. CHÂTEAU PAUL MAS BLANC BELLUGUETTE 2012
A blend of 40% Vermentino, 30% Roussanne, 20% Grenache and 10% Viognier, this new white wine from Château Paul Mas is made from fruit picked from the Belluguette vineyard. Planted on limey, gravelly soil and cooled by daily sea breezes, Belluguette is the perfect location for production of white Mediterranean varieties, achieving depth of flavour and crisp acidity.
4. CHÂTEAU CRÈS RICARDS ‘STÉCIA’ 2011
From the exciting appellation of Terrasses du Larzac, this wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Carignan. 75% of the wine has spent 8 months is oak barrels prior to its release. Acquired by Domaines Paul Mas in 2010 the Crès Ricards estate bears all the hallmarks of a great terroir; red rocky soils, hot sunny days and cold nights.
5. MAS DES TANNES RÉSERVE ROUGE 2011
The organic Mas des Tannes vineyard covers 30 hectares on the Nicole Estate near Montagnac. For Domaines Paul Mas, sustainable viticulture and care for the environment is not simply an option but a necessity. Light tractors are used on the vineyard to prevent soil compaction. A special ‘intercep’ plough is used to weed around each vine instead of using herbicide. Wild flowers and grasses are grown between the rows of vines to promote biodiversity throughout the vineyard.