2021 Jean Claude Mas Les Faisses Chardonnay Limoux
Domaines Paul Mas was founded in 1892. The current owner, Jean-Claude Mas, is without doubt the pioneer in the revival of the Languedoc as a region for quality wines. Jean-Claude characterizes his wines as 'Le Luxe Rural', rural luxury. With international grape varieties he has given Languedoc a 'new world' allure. And with his fashionable wines from local grapes, he has made the local character of the Languedoc hip again among wine lovers. Hubrecht Duijker rightly calls Jean-Claude Mas a 'wine wizard' and at Grandcruwijnen we are the only one in the Netherlands to also carry the high-end Grandcrus of Paul Mas.
Les Faïsses (meaning 'slopes' in Occitan) wine comes from terraced vineyards with a south, south-east exposure overlooking the Herault valley between the Languedoc villages of Montagnac and Saint Pons de Mauchiens. Due to the terrace structure, each vineyard is quite small: up to 0.8 hectares for the larger ones, and most of the work has to be done by hand. These vineyards were first planted 2000 years ago by the Romans with vines and olive trees. Their tradition has remained the same with some variations over the centuries depending on the needs of the population, especially in difficult times (XI and XII centuries) when these terraces were mainly used for growing vegetables. In any case, they provide very good conditions to grow vines and bring the grapes to maximum ripeness.
The wine consists of 95% Chardonnay grape with a little Mauzac (5%) for extra elegance. The Chardonnay grapes are hand picked. The wine has had its fermentation in temperature-controlled barrels of new French oak for 28 days and has then had a wood aging of 9 months, in barrels of French (60%) and American (40%) oak. Barrels 1/3 new and 2/3 two years old.
In the glass the wine has a nice light yellow full color. The wine is certainly very refined and elegant for the price range. Obviously a wood-aged chardonnay, but without being an extreme vanilla bomb as with (too) many chardonnays. In the nose we smell beautiful notes of tropical fruits, hazelnuts, citrus fruit, supported by a note of vanilla. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied with hazelnuts and citrus fruit, supported by a light note of vanilla.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch