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Mas Del Perie La Roque Cahors 2014


Young and raw but charming.

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When confronted with the choice of studying Medicine and losing the family vineyards or sticking around Fabien made a great choice (for us) and studied viticulture at Bordeaux instead. Switching the family estate to Organic and Biodynamic certification. Using modern common-sense with old school know how, he crafts charming and engaging wines that will benefit from aging but really make you want to drink them now.

Mas Del Perie are the wines Fabien makes from selected parcels of fruit from exceptional vineyards. La Roque is 30 year old vines grown rocky, clay and limestone soils. It is a wine that tastes of where it is grown, earthy and mineral with dark fruits a lovely fragrance. There is a depth of flavour here and of course, plenty of rugged tannin and taut acid but it still feels light and fresh. It has been aged in concrete and old oak to preserve to charm of the terroir. I’d be looking over the grill for food matching here. It’d love to see this wine in another 5-10 years but I have a sneaking suspicion it has a lot longer than that in it yet.

Cahors – A red only region that has two distinct terroirs but each shares a high amount of ironstone in the soils. Malbec makes up no less than 70% of the blend ably supported by Merlot and Tannat (amongst others). The best wines are dark, mineral, textural and structured with a good ability to improve with time in the cellar.

Malbec – Native to South West France, Malbec is a minor player in Bordeaux due to fickle performance. The major grape in the under-appreciated, charmingly rugged Black wines of Cahors where it is also known as Cot and Auxerrois.. It has long been the star of Argentina. It makes wines that are intense, tannic, dark fruited with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat.

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