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Paul Mas Viognier 2019 Wine Review

This viognier is from Paul Mas and the Pays d’Oc IGP in the south of France. It’s a well made wine.  Local Australian versions of viognier can sometimes miss the mark navigating the tension between the high sugar (and alcohol) and low natural acidity of this variety. But here the wine is soft, ripe and…Continue readingPaul Mas Viognier 2019 Wine Review

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Domaines Paul Mas Vignes de Nicole Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

This wine, a cabernet sauvignon merlot blend from Paul Mas and the Languedoc in the south of France, over delivers for its price. It has correct varietal aromas of blackcurrant, smoke and leaf. The palate is full bodied with savoury fruit and medium tannins that are ripe. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website: https://www.paulmas.com/en/home/;…Continue readingDomaines Paul Mas Vignes de Nicole Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

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Saint Sidoine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018

This is a good, classically styled Côtes de Provence rosé from Saint Sidoine. It is a very pale salmon/copper in colour. It opens to aromas of unripe strawberries and firm red fruits. The palate is medium bodied, the acidity between medium and high, and the finish dry and harmonious. Rating: Good. Website: http://saintsidoine.com; wine-searcher.com. Reviewed:…Continue readingSaint Sidoine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018

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Triennes Rosé 2018

I wasn’t convinced by this Triennes rosé from the 2018 vintage and the IGP Méditerranée in the south of France, although I have previously enjoyed an earlier vintage (2017). Its aroma is fruity with characters reminding of lavender soap, and quite strongly so at that. The palate is better: dry, medium bodied, the acidity between…Continue readingTriennes Rosé 2018

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Mas d’Espanet Pinot Noir 2016

This is a good quality pinot noir from an unlikely place, namely the warm Languedoc and the Cevennes IGP in particular.  I can’t recall previously seeing this IGP.  I read that it sits in the northern, more mountainous part of the Languedoc, a region that is diverse but more grenache, syrah and carignan country.  In…Continue readingMas d’Espanet Pinot Noir 2016

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Les Vignerons Vermentino Colombard 2016

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Château Martinolles Chardonnay Limoux 2018

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Château Paul Mas Languedoc 2018

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Domaine de Courbissac Les Traverses Minervois 2015

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Chateau Miraval Provence Rosé 2018

This wine has been examined a couple of times in MW exams in recent years and is famous due to its celebrity ownership. It is actually a lovely rosé, with very saline bath salt aromatics and a medium-full bodied palate with some viscosity in its expression. Ready to drink now, this is an easy to…Continue readingChateau Miraval Provence Rosé 2018

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été d’Elodie Var Rosé 2018

From the Var IGP (indication géographique protégée) in Provence and Domaine de Cantarelle, this is a rather delicious rosé with saline and herbal characters. Ready to drink now, it suits uncritical summer drinking and is well served chilled. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: low $20s. Website: http://www.domaine-de-cantarelle.fr. Reviewed: January 2020.Continue readingété d’Elodie Var Rosé 2018

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St Sagnol Côteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016

This is a lovely Provençal rosé from St Sagnol.  It has a saline aroma, reminding of red fruits and typical of the region.  The palate is dry, fresh and pleasant.  Suitable for current drinking.  Rating: Good.  Abv: 12.5%.  Price: $22.  Website: NA.Continue readingSt Sagnol Côteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016