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Mas de Lavail Terre d'Ardoise 2012

Other Red Wine from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    14% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    The sun of the Roussillon wine region is fully expressed through intense ripe fruits aromas. A round and supple wine with soft tannins and a great balance.

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    Mas de Lavail

    Mas de Lavail

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    Mas de Lavail, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    In Roussillon’s Upper Agly Valley, the Batlle family has been growing grapes for five generations. in 1999 Jean Batlle and his son, current winemaker Nicolas, purchased the old Domaine Las Fredas just outside of Maury and renamed it Domaine Mas de Lavail. Surrounded by 80 hectares of vineyards, old-vines and quality standards keep yields incredibly low at 25 to 30 hectoliters per hectare- half of what is permitted in the appellation

    Languedoc-Roussillon

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    An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good-quality and value-priced wines, Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the world’s largest wine-producing region, spanning the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border to Rhône. 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.

    Other Red Wine

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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