Mas de Bressades Cuvee Tradition Syrah/Grenache 2009

Rhone Red Blends from France

$14.49
Item No. 107184
  • red wine
  • WE91
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

The Grenache-Syrah is an unoaked wine that consists of roughly equal parts of the two varietals. The Grenache vines are 25-60+ years old. The yields for this wine are between 35 and 40 hectoliter per hectare.

This wine always shows an extraordinary nose of blueberry and blackcurrant, as well as garrigue (French word for "scrubland") aromas. A straightforward, mineral, concentrated mouth leads to a wonderful finish of cracked black pepper. It is a very crispy wine you may enjoy right now or forget in your cellar for a few years. It will still be full of surprises... This wine goes well with anything but especially shines when drunk with meat, even spicy ones!

Critical Acclaim

"Inviting, layered nose of raspberry, strawberry, molasses, smoke, black olive, licorice and gamey notes. Nicely complex and flavorful with lots of ripe berry fruit, leather, black pepper and roasted meat notes. Medium to full-bodied with moderately firm tannins. Fresh, richly textured and dense without being heavy."
91 Points

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eCo - Spring, TX (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(3/29/2011)
Oh la la, this was a marvelous selection. It was rich, smooth, and perfectly balanced. One white wine devotee in the group said they would happily drink reds if they always tasted this good. I paired it with a rich Mediterranean chicken dish with tomatoes, capers and olives and topped with Feta cheese. This rich dish would have held up against a spicier red, but we were all tres contents all the same. I'll be buying more.
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Rating:
(4/21/2011)
A decent wine but not worth getting excited about.
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Learn About Other French

Vin de Pays (vahn duh peh-YEE) One of the lower levels in the French Classification system, Vin de Pays is an intermediary wine, created for vineyards who were not quite AC, but vastly superior to Vin de Table wine. Vin de Pays has restrictions similar to the AC, but on a lesser scale. Regulations include specified region, minimum alcohol level and grape varieties. The wine also...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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