Oenothera

Château des Crès Ricards

APPELLATION

Côteaux du Languedoc Grand Cru Terrasses du Larzac

GRAPE VARIETIES

84% Syrah, 16% Grenache

WINEMAKERS

Jean-Claude Mas

BACKGROUND

Jean-Claude Mas, independent winemaker, fourth generation grape grower, first generation winemaker and owner of Domaines Paul Mas, is a leader in fine winemaking in the Languedoc region of the South of France. Since taking the helm of the family winery in 2000, he has prioritized sourcing the highest quality grapes from twelve privately owned estates and premier growers in the Languedoc to make wines of authenticity and refinement. The result is a collection of magnificently charming wines that burst forward with the warmth and stunning beauty of the Languedoc. Our “garage” wine. This estate was created in 1960 in the village of Ceyras. Fifty years later, Jean-Claude Mas acquired its 28 hectares (69 acres), fascinated by the fantastic terroir of the Terrasses du Larzac, which produce silky wines with intense flavors.

WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES

Limestone and clay, with pebbly soils on steep, terraced vineyards. Distinctive red soils indicative of significant iron oxide deposits. Oenothera is from individual parcels of 30 year old vines of Syrah (producing 35 hl/ha) and 43 year old vines of Grenache (producing 37 hl/ha). Partly traditional maceration for 16 and 22 days with daily delestage (rack and return) or pumping over. Partly whole-grape carbonic maceration for 17 days. Maturation of 12 months in new oak casks.

TASTING NOTES

A deep ruby color and a complex bouquet of spices (peppercorns and cinnamon), tobacco, mocha and stewed blackcurrants. On the palate it is full-bodied, velvety, toasted and fruity (blackcurrant backed up by black cherry), with a particularly licorice finish. Serve at 16–18°C, this wine is perfect with steak and morel mushrooms or rib of beef in a salt crust.

SELECT A PRODUCT

Château des Crès Ricards Portfolio

Oenothera
FULL PROFILE
Stécia
FULL PROFILE