2008 Mas Carlot Tradition Grenache/Syrah VdP

Year: 2008
Appellation: Costieres de Nimes
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 87
Red Wine
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60% Syrah, 40% Grenache

"The red wines include the 2008 Tradition (red), a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, all kept in tank and bottled early to preserve its freshness. The French call these wines vins gourmands, meaning tasty, fruity, and meant for near-term consumption, without a lot of thought given to them. That may seem somewhat denigrating, but this is a fruit-driven, up-front wine with lots of berry fruit, earth, and spice. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.

One of the sleeper selections of dry white wines in southern France is Mas Carlot’s 100% Clairette, which is actually entitled to its own appellation, and is made from vines planted in 1946." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Constructed around the seventeenth century, this old Provençal Mas was brought back to life by the Blanc family, who purchased the estate in the Sixties. Located on the western edge of the Rhône River, in the village of Bellegarde, southeast of the city of Nîmes, the vineyards are in the heart of the appellation’s cailloux-based soil. In the old Provençal dialect, “Mas” means farm, and Nathalie Blanc-Marès is beautifully managing this 75 hectares farm with the aid of her husband Cyril Marès, owner of the neighboring property Mas des Bressades (yes, she married the boy-next-door). They are a great Provençal family - young and energetic with great vision and talent. This wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. It is made entirely in tank and the fruit really demonstrates the full ripeness that late harvesting accords Nathalie. With admirable texture, great purity and abundant quantities of fat, peppery, spicy, black cherry, plum, and berry fruit, this delicious wine will offer character and complexity over the 2-3 years to come. This wine is bottled without fining or filtration.