Very elegant, civilized and complex. Lots of personality in the mouth with hints of virginia tobacco and leather. Balanced palate. Great value!
The 2012 Costières de Nîmes Compostelle (70% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre and a splash of Grenache) has a firm, focused and classical feel to go with notes of black cherries and assorted dark fruits, pepper, cedar and earth. The acidity is nicely integrated, it has good concentration and a clean, classy finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. In short, it’s a very well-made Costières de Nîmes to drink through 2022.
|Appellation||Costieres de Nimes|
|Winery||Chateau Mas Neuf|
|Varietal(s)||Syrah (70%), Mourvèdre (27%), Grenache (3%).|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (6)|
The nose has aromas of black cherry, prune, licorice, black olive and Virginia tobacco. On the palate, the attack is smooth. Besides the dark fruits, fresh leather and soft spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) dominate. The wine possesses good acidity, as well as nice concentration. The finish is textured with silky tannins and a delightful freshness.
Wild game, red meet with rossini sauce, black truffle dishes, T-bone steack of wild bull from camargue.
Villafranchien pebble stones with very good filtration properties.
Responsible farming. Head pruning. Leaf Thinning and pruning. Hand harvest.
20 to 30 days of fermentation on the skins after destemming and crushing. Fermentation at controlled temperature (30°C) in barrels. Maturation for 12 months in barrels that have been used for wines from Bordeaux classified growths (Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Lafite-Rothschild, Pape Clément).
The position of Château Mas Neuf, half way up the southern flank of the Costières de Nîmes is very special. The exposure to the sun is similar to that found in the Languedoc or Provence, but the proximity of lagoons and the Mediterranean Sea allows it to take advantage of warm sea breezes drifting up from the sea. This unexpected coolness is a real singularity and is called by its passionate owner, Luc Baudet, the “Rhône paradox.” It also has good terroir and old vines, factors which have all facilitated lightning progress in less than a decade. ‘I want Mas Neuf to be known for great Rhône wines – not just great Costières de Nîmes wines,’ says Luc. Taste your way through Mas Neuf cuvees and you may feel that his grandiose wish could be granted.