Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rouge 2007
Other Red Blends from Provence, France
Since the early 1970s, Mas de Gourgonnier has cared for its vines and olive trees completely organically—and has the certification to prove it. But it's not like you need a bureaucratic piece of paper to tell you that this wine is the real deal—just one look at the vineyards and you know that nothing artificial will come between you and this bottle of Mas de Gourgonnier Rouge.
The 2007 vintage harnessed all the traditional southern red power you'd expect yet wraps it in a velvet glove—this is rounder, juicier and fresher than it's ever been, and you won't be able to get enough of it. The estate's 100% organic practices (since the 1950s) raise all sensations here to the next level—aromas are bountiful, chock-full of dried garrigue, black olives and pepper. Full-bodied yet energetic, the mouth explodes with black fruits and red berries, and plenty of baking spices.
37% Cabernet, 33% Carignane, 20% Grenache, 10% Syrah
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Les Baux de Provence constitutes nearly 30% each of Carignan and Grenache, with slightly smaller shares of Cabernet Sauvignon (hence considerably less than in several recent vintages) and Syrah. Smelling delightfully of fresh plums, sandalwood, ginger, cinnamon, lavender, and a hint of game, it comes onto the palate expansively and with fine-grained underlying tannins. Juniper and cassis add a pleasantly bitter pungency to the finish, contributing along with saline and smoky notes to the invigoration of a long finish. This understated wine will not only offer highly versatile enjoyment over the next 3-4 years but should blossom further as well. "
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About ProvenceView a map of Provence wineries Grenache and Cinsault. A move is being made to bring in more varieties, like Syrah, to increase the quality of the wines.
Notable FactsThe most important appellation is Côtes de Provence, where about 80% of the production is the typical style rose. Unfortunately, the easy-drinking aspect does not translate to the price – some of these wines are a bit pricey for drink-today wines. Some producers are making a shift to higher quality while others are selling their wines at a bargain. Either way, Côtes de Provence rose is a delicious match with any provence-style garlic-y cuisine. Other appellations to note include Bandol, Bellet, Les Baux-de-Provence, Cassis and Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Though Côtes de Provence rules in amount of wine produced, the quality appellation to know is Bandol. Mostly red and mostly Mourvedre, the wines of Bandol are able to age a few years, like many a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but also enjoyed in their youth.
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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1 rating, 1 with reviewRachel Mercer - Prosser, WA13/1/2010First a side statement: I used this wine during an educational talk on wine and many of the participants (the non wine professionals) enjoyed it. Especially with the food. Therefore if you like wine that has what one might describe as an 'old world' flavor, this might be worth the try. I just think it's too expensive for bad wine. What I, and the other wine professionals (winemakers) in our group, noticed was that this wine is bursting with brettanomyces (for those not in the know this a destructive yeast that can infect wineries for years and years). The aromas are of strong, dirty mushrooms and barnyard with a slight hint of fruit. The palate picks up a sweet/sour flavor backed by tannins that completely fall apart on the end, giving a 'dirty' mouth feel. The main problem with brett--because a lot of people do like the 'off' flavors produced by it (barnyard, mushroom, dirt), is that it ruins the wine. The gritty tannins on the finish here indicate that this wine is rapidly falling apart. If you happen to have some in your wine reserve--drink it quick! Or take it to a party....
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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