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Domaine Mas de Lavail
Domaine Mas de Lavail
Winemaker Nicolas Batlle in the tasting room at Mas de Lavail Nicolas Batlle is a young winemaker with a great future ahead of him.At the end of the 1990's, he and his father left the co-operative in the village of Maury to create this new estate a few kilometres outside the village. Although they created a new estate, the vines on the property are very old and - coupled with the superb terroir of this region - make for wines of huge concentration and flavour. Yet the skills of Mr. Batlle as a winemaker ensure that they also possess wonderful character and finesse.
This region is just about the most “happening” wine region in the world right now and, with many vineyards in the nearby Fenouillèdes and Agly Valley being snapped up by renowned producers from Bordeaux and other classic regions, its reputation is on the up - as are (in many cases) the prices! But Mr. Batlle, being one of the “locals”, sticks resolutely to extremely fair prices for his wines. And long may they remain so, as these wines provide some of the best value in the whole of the Roussillon region. They are already very highly-rated in the Guide Hachette, and Jancis Robinson and Tom Cannavan have also had great things to say about them. Mas de Lavail vines, with the Corbieres hills and Chateau de Quéribus in the background

Average yields on the domaine are no more than 25-30 hl/ha, and the levels of fruit and concentration in all of the wines is simply remarkable.
The reds are made from Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The oak-matured white, Le Sud, comprises 50% each of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, and is a cracking example of the type of full-bodied, yet elegant white wine that can be made in this region. Mas de Lavail really is an estate to watch and we are extremely proud to be the first (and currently only) U.K importer of these fabulous wines.

Domaine Mas de Lavail Expression 2011 Maury
Mas de Lavail Expression 2011 Maury
Region Maury, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Red, vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% old vine Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food So versatile - duck with cherries, foie gras, rich fruit cake, cheese, raspberry sorbet - or simply on its own
Next day
How about weeks? Develops for ages!
Drink Excellent now, or age for 10 to 20 years
100% old vine Grenache, harvested at the peak of maturity, with yields of just 25hl/ha. The grapes are given a long maceration, followed by "mutage sur grains" (the addition of a small amount of grape brandy to the must) which stops the fermentation, thus retaining both an immense core of fruit and a certain amount of residual grape sugar. An opaque black cherry colour, with a tiny raspberry pink rim. As for the nose, well how many adjectives do you need? A more expressive, dense, fruity, spicy, sexy nose is virtually impossible to imagine. It simply reeks of dark cherries, damsons, framboise liqueur, dried orange peel, dark chocolate and exotic spices, all rubbed into a favourite old leather-soled shoe! Breathe even deeper and you get molasses, honey and truffle, not to mention a whole jar full of garrigue herbs. There is the vaguest whiff of savoury/meat in there too, but (for now at least) it really is about the fruit. There is plenty of tannin to give the palate a firm structure, but the almost painfully delicious sweet/sour fruit flavours bully it into submission, augmented by notes of toffee and fig, whilst a rasp of juicy acidity keeps it all vibrant and fresh. I have tasted dry red wines (especially from a certain appellation in the southern Rhône) which come across as more alcoholic than this, but with only a fraction of the fruit. Furthermore, it shows a genuine spicy "warmth", rather than alcoholic heat - and at just 16.5% abv, it is a full 3 or 4 degrees lighter than your average Port. And for this reason, it is a wine that you could conceivably pair with savoury dishes (notably duck or goose with a sweet/sour red fruit sauce) as well as foie gras and patés, cheeses, fruit cakes and other fruity desserts. Failing that, you could just enjoy a glass or two for its own sake. Vintage Maury is one of the world's best and most underrated sweet red wine styles - and this is another truly exceptional example from Mas de Lavail. An absolutely stunning wine - and a true bargain.

Price:  £14.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)


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