Mas de Bressades Cuvee Tradition Syrah/Grenache 2009
Rhone Red Blends from France
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!
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
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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 goes through a tasting panel. Some winemakers able to make wine at an AC level, instead choose to create wine at the Vin de Pays level as it allows more flexibility in grape varieties and yields. There are five regional Vin de Pays, with the most popular being Vin Pays d'Oc (from Languedoc & Roussillon). Vin de Pays wines offer wonderful value and good wine finds.
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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3 ratings, 2 with reviews56/7/201134/21/2011A decent wine but not worth getting excited about.eCo - Spring, TX53/29/2011Oh 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.
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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