Mas Cal Demoura Terrasses du Larzac L'Infidele 2006
Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
L'Infidèle is our historical cuvee. It is a blend of all the local grapes, which provides its elegance and structure. It can be tasted in its early years thanks to its balance, and its expression will grow in complexity over 10 years and more. Ageing for 18 months. 500 l barrels for 60 to 80% of the final blend.
"L'Infidèle" reminds us with Jean-Pierre Jullien, estate founding father, who criticized the traditional langedocian extensive vine-growing methods to contribute to creating the quality practices in Languedoc that have paved the way of the reputation of the estate.
Very generous nose (dark and red fruits, garrigue, liquorice…). Full-bodied wine with nice tannins, a complex aromatic expression and a long and mineral finish... Maturity 10 to 15 years.
Food-pairing: When young: grilled meat with herbs, tajine, tapenade / at maturity: Game, Daube "à la Provençale", cassoulet, terroir cheeses (Cantal, St Nectaire…).
The Wine Advocate - "A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, and like the majority of wines here, matured primarily in 500 liter barrels, only a small percentage of which are new – the Cal Demoura 2006 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac L’Infidele displays an uncanny combination of palate richness and viscosity with vivacious brightness of fruit and fine-grained tannin. Plum, cherry, bay, raw beef, dark chocolate, and black pepper all vie for attention, along with undertones of caulk and wet stone, and tart fruit skin and pepper lend an especially brash cast to the finish. Based on the evolution of wines from the era of Jullien ownership – in homage to which, with certain attempts at improvement, this cuvee is explicitly intended – I have no worry about projecting a decade of rewarding evolution. And based on the pricing of recent vintages, this should also represent an excellent value. "
Mas Cal Demoura Winery
In the Occitan language, "Cal Demoura" Means "Must Stay" .
At the time of Languedoc winemakers were abandoning their land, Jean-Pierre Jullien, passionate winemaker, had made this his motto motto. Having opted very early for a qualitative approach and respectful of the land, it is part of the winegrowers that have marked the history of the quality revolution of Languedoc wines ... Driven by his passion for wine and aware of potential local Terrasses du Larzac, it retains only its best vineyards and wine making in starting Mas Cal Demoura in the 1990s in the town of Jonquières.
Isabelle & Vincent Goumard, wine enthusiasts, whom graduated in enology from the University of Dijon, succeeded him to the field when he retired. They bought these parcels of vines (red and white) at Mas Jullien on the soil of limestone gravel COMBARIOLLES of very high quality.
Since then they have constantly to keep working in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Jullien to produce great wines, natural wines that reflect the complexity of the soil and the balance of which allows them to age with great quality. The estate has 11 ha of vineyards and produces 40,000 bottles a year. View all Mas Cal Demoura Wines
About Languedoc-RoussillonView a map of Languedoc-Roussillon wineries (LAHN-guh-dock) (ROO-see-yohn) France. The region stretches along the land above the Mediterranean, bordered by the Rhone river on the east and almost reaching Spain on the west. Only 10% of the wines from the area are AC, with the remaining wines often landing in the Vin de Pays or Vin de Table category. Wines in the Vin de Pays category are classified here as Vin de Pays d'Oc.
Notable Facts80% of the wines here are red. The grapes of the neighboring Rhone region are popular, with the focus on Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut and to a lesser extent, Carignan. White grapes include Rousanne, Marsanne, Clairette and other white Rhone varieties. Parts of the region are also enjoying success with international varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. For many of these international style wines, you'll see the grape variety on the label – very un-French, but since they qualify as Vin de Pays d'Oc, it's allowed. Not so for the AC wines of the region, which are relegated to using most of the regional varieties and labeling their bottles by region. Appellations in the Languedoc include Corbières, Minervois, Costières de Nimes, Banyuls and the largest of them all, Coteaux de Languedoc. Corbières and Minervois are found on the western side of the region and produce sometimes very concentrated red wines. Costières de Nimes lies just southwest of the Rhone and produces wines of comparable character. Banyuls creates decadent fortified wines with Grenache and Coteaux de Langeudoc does triple duty, using international and regional grapes to produce white, red and rose wines that are often fantastic values.
RoussillonA region located between the Spanish border and Languedoc, Roussillon is often mentioned in conjunction with Languedoc, but is an entirely separate, albeit smaller, area. Producing white, red and rose wines, Roussillon is in the Catalonia region, which bleeds into Spain and France. The area has equal amount of Spanish influence as it does French. It is most well-known for Banyuls, a potent dessert wine made from concentrated old-vine Grenache. Vines are old and planted on steep, rocky, terraced hillsides overlooking the coast. The region is also making still wines, mostly from Grenache but with a good amount of Carignan as well.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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