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Mas Cal Demoura Terrasses du Larzac L'Infidele 2008

Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The historic cuvée of Jean-Pierre Jullien, L'Infidèle is a blend of all the regional grapes – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Choices are made in the vineyard and in the cellar that will emphasize finesse and freshness in this bottling, allowing for full expression of the fruit.

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RP 90
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As usual, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, the Cal Demoura 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac L’Infidele displays ripe black raspberry and cassis shadowed by their distilled counterparts; smoky black tea; resinous herbs; and low-toned suggestions of roasted red meats. There is clarity and refinement here as well as an infectious juiciness – over and beyond the wine’s ample richness and fine tannins – which Goumard is inclined to attribute in part to the introduction of a sorting table, though it surely has something to do with the character of the vintage as well. This long-finishing blend is likely to remain fascinating and delicious for the better part of a decade, though I would by no means spurn its youthful charms.
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Mas Cal Demoura

Mas Cal Demoura

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Mas Cal Demoura, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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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.

Languedoc-Roussillon

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An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good-quality, value-priced wines, Languedoc-Roussillon is the world’s largest wine-producing region, spanning the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border to Provence. Languedoc forms the eastern half of the larger appellation, while Roussillon is in the west; the two actually have quite distinct personalities but are typically grouped together. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and a frequent risk of drought. Roussillon, on the other hand, is defined by the rugged Pyrenees mountains and near-constant sunshine.

Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Dry wines are often blends, and varietal choice is strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Maccabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc. International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In Roussillon, excellent sweet wines are made from Muscat and Grenache in Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury. The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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