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Mas Carlot, Costières de Nîmes Blanc Château Paul Blanc 2017

£12.50 (75cl)

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SKU: LACA0317B

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Cold pre-fermentation maceration, pressing and cold settling. The must is then directly transferred to new oak barrels for fermentation and ageing on the lees by regular stirring for 5 or 6 months. Malolactic fermentation is blocked.

About the producer

Nathalie Blanc-Marès runs her imposing 75 hectares estate from the charming 17th and 19th century Provençal farmhouse (Mas) at the heart of her property near Bellegarde in the Costières de Nîmes. Just north of the Camargue, much of the terrain is covered by the ‘galets roulés’ stones that are so symbolic of certain terroirs of Châteauneuf du Pape. Nathalie took over the running of the estate in 1998, following on from her father Paul-Antoine Blanc, who had purchased the domaine in 1986 having relinquished his famous Le Pied de Cochon restaurant in Les Halles. This young, energetic and passionate woman set herself the objective of focusing on quality and authenticity, via rigorous work in the vineyard, the winemaking and the ageing of her wines, in order to allow the various terroirs of the domaine to fully express themselves through the different wines in her portfolio.

The red clay and limestone soils (topped with galets roulés) provide a perfect environment for the vines. The galets insulate and protect the vines from temperature extremes. Most of Mas Carlot’s production is dedicated to red varieties, including Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. For the white varieties, Nathalie chose to focus on Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. Most of the vineyards lie at 70 metres above sea level and face southeast. Through thoughtful pruning, Nathalie reduces yields to an average of 45 hectolitres per hectare, one-third of the maximum permitted by the appellation.

The result is a range of exceptional white wines that complement perfectly her classic reds. Modern technology ensures the production of hugely enjoyable wines at everyday prices. Maintaining the freshness of the grapes is of paramount importance. The Château Paul Blanc wines represent Nathalie’s premium offering – named after her father.



Regions Vintage Report:

“After two exceptional vintages it’s difficult to believe that 2017 could match up to let alone deliver wines of similar quality. The styles though are different, with richer and often riper fruit in the North the wines are fuller than 2016 without the high concentration and balance of 2015. The South is another story, with once again a large deficit in volume, particularly for the Grenache. The season was quite warm and dry resulting in very low yields, sometimes up to 50% down. The North A relatively hot and dry vintage often resulting richer whites across the board, with the best producers managing to retain enough freshness and acidity for conveyance, for the majority these will be best consumed in youth. The reds are more of a mixed crew with some wines approaching the maturity and intensity of the 2015s, whilst others are more forward with softer tannins providing an earlier drinking window. The best producers harvested their whites early to keep the freshness but the reds much later to intensify the concentration and gain in complexity, especially for the tannin structure. The South The year started awkwardly with large amounts of “coulure” for the Grenache with the rest of the season not much easier, with a very dry summer reducing the crop further. The result is still very impressive and not too far from the highly lauded 2016 vintage. The wines are often very concentrated and, even if the acidity is a little low, the result is very impressive. Given the quality of 2017 it could have been considered as the vintage of the decade, but 2016 is still present in our minds and will be difficult to replace from the top of the pedestal. Many wines are very close in quality to the previous two vintages and I don’t think that we will see 3 successive star vintages like these for a while, furthermore 2018 is looking promising too although much more uneven between producers and appellations. The less precocious appellations fared best especially on soils less exposed to dry weather. In short, 2017 is another superb vintage if it was not for the very low volume produced. Christian Honorez, Director November 2018 ©adVINture 2020

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