2022 Paul Mas Le Marcel Gris de Gris Rural Couture Rosé

8.95 7.40
Type of Wine Rosé
Country France
Region Languedoc-Rousillon
Appellation Côtes du Roussillon
Winery Paul Mas
Year 2022
Grape Grenache
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2024
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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.

A 'Marcel' is French for a sleeveless shirt. Just like the shirt, the Le Marcel Gris de Gris Rosé by Domaines Paul Mas is relaxed, straightforward and summery. Each bottle of Le Marcel has a label in the shape of a shirt. There are six different designs for the shirts: from Tie-Dye, to Californian Sunset to Marinière Stripes. Each box contains a random mix of shirts. How nice is that?!

The 2020 Le Marcel Gris de Gris Rosé comes from vineyards in a dry lagoon, with a lot of clay and limestone. It is a 100% Grenache Gris. The vines are about 20 years old. After harvesting, the grapes are immediately destemmed. After a short skin maceration (to extract colour), the grapes are pressed and fermented. The wine is aged for three months in steel tanks on the yeast cells (sur lie), which provide extra creaminess and complexity. In the glass, this rosé has the typical light pink like many southern French and Provence Rosés. In the nose, the wine is alive, expressive with notes of red fruit, such as raspberries, a hint of strawberry and some peach. The evenness is also reflected in the mouth, but also the good balance between the fruit and the acids. Wonderfully fresh, beautifully fruity and is perfect on the terrace, as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to a charcuterie board, but also with an Indian curry.

Vineyard for 2022 Paul Mas Le Marcel Gris de Gris Rural Couture Rosé

The history of Domaine Paul Mas begins over a century ago, when Auguste Mas worked 9 hectares of vineyards in the Midi. In 1934 his son Raymond Mas purchased the Domaine de Montredon and in the years that followed the estate was expanded to over 120 hectares by his sons Paul and Maxime. Today, the Domaine is managed by Paul's two sons: Jean Claude and Michel. The vineyards are not a continuous block, but are located in a few densely spaced, climatic and soil-technical zones in the Midi.

A combination of wine making as it happens in the New World and relying on the traditions of the Old World to give the wines their own distinctive character, with a sharp focus on quality, that's what 'Les Domaines Paul Mas' is for state. The philosophy of 'Les Domaines Paul Mas' is aimed at preserving the typicity of the soil and grape variety, while at the same time presenting a wine that matches what consumers demand today: lots of fruit, concentration, color, aroma and taste.

When Jean Claude Mas started winemaking, he immediately became completely familiar with the world of wine growing. From the ways of pruning to harvesting at optimal ripeness, with an open mind and full of passion, he worked tirelessly to improve every vineyard even further. Jean Claude hates chemical products and has banned them years ago. His vineyards are cultivated with minimal intervention, and the majority are fully organically processed, even those that are not (yet) certified. Jean Claude Mas also likes to experiment. He is researching the possibilities of new, strong grape varieties that do not require treatment, such as Prior and Souvignier Gris. Irrigation is also high on Jean Claude's priority list. That is why he is now working on a new form of irrigation, together with irrigation company Netafim, the most important irrigation company in the world. Together they are currently experimenting in a Syrah vineyard with an irrigation system that can deliver the right amount of water with high accuracy.

The advance of Domaines Paul Mas can really be called a success story. In the past 20 years, the winery has grown from 35 to 850 hectares of vineyards, spread over 15 different domains. Some 22 million bottles are produced each year and are sold in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Read along with a small piece of history full of dynamism and ambition about the current owner and founder Jean Claude Mas, who is still looking for challenges and new innovations. About 20 years ago, Jean Claude inherited 35 hectares from his father and made his first wines. It turned out to be the starting signal for much more ...

2002: Jean Claude buys Domaine Astruc . Until then, Jean Claude worked with purchased grapes, which he produces in his beloved style, the modern style.
2005: Launch of the wine range 'Arrogant Frog' (recognizable by the frog with the French beret). This new, humorous range is highly appreciated internationally and proves to be a resounding success.
2006: The purchase of domaines Les Tannes and Teramas Astruc. In the following years, many more purchases followed and new vineyards were planted in beautiful terroirs, according to innovative and organic principles.
2011: Introduction of 'Le Luxe Rural' better known as Jean Claude's motto. The meaning is 'rural luxury' where wine and products of local origin are central. In this year, the special restaurant Côté Mas is opened, which is located right between the vineyards.
2014: Introduction 'Signed by Jean Claude Mas'. From that time, Jean Claude's signature was added to the label of each bottle. Jean Claude said: "It took me 15 years to master all aspects of winemaking: from vineyard cultivation to vinification, marketing and final product. From that moment on, it felt right to sign the adding bottles. ”
2018: Establishment of Clos Astélia. This domain is a dream come true for Jean Claude. The 13-hectare domain has the latest facilities and is surrounded by the most beautiful terroirs.
2019: In the years 2010-2019, various new domaines will be purchased in different terroirs. Jean Claude is groundbreaking! For example, he buys the beautiful Château Lauriga in Roussillon. When looking for new domaines, Jean Claude always envisions 2 types of domaines: wineries where beautiful wines can be made with an excellent price / quality ratio, think Domaine Astruc. And also domaines with vineyards in the most special terroirs of Languedoc-Roussillon, such as Château Lauriga in Roussillon.
The aim has always been to put the most special terroirs of Languedoc-Roussillon in the spotlight for the general public by connecting tradition with a modern way of making.
2020: This is the year of the top cuvées that are terroir-oriented. Jean Claude selects his most beautiful terroirs and turns them into a series of top cuvées that show the best of Languedoc, such as the Laurinya and Clos Astélia .

More Information
Type of Wine Rosé
Country France
Region Languedoc-Rousillon
Appellation Côtes du Roussillon
Winery Paul Mas
Grape Grenache
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2022
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2024
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging No
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Screw cap
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Light, Red fruit, Flexible
Drink moments Borrelen, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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