Mas Carlot, Costières de Nîmes Rouge 2016

£11.50 (75cl)

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Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by gentle maceration for two or three weeks. Varieties are vinified separately before blending. Matured in vats for 6-8 months prior to bottling.

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 an exceptional 2015 vintage it’s difficult to believe that 2016 could match up to let alone deliver wines of superior quality. It was quite different in the North with fresher, fragrant whites and more subtle and elegant reds. But for once the South is where sublime wines were produced with some of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted! And to make things better they are not overly rich or heavy, but rather exceptionally balanced. Volumes are reasonable, especially compared to 2017 where quantities are very often 50% down on average” Christian Honorez Director The North Following the superlative 2015 vintage it would be easy to downgrade 2016 wines. Of course, they do not have the intensity and ripeness of last year’s wines but they make up for it with beautiful fruit and great balance. One does not always look for muscle and structure in the North and many beautiful wines are produced in balanced vintages like 2016. Do not get me wrong, 2016 isn’t a weak and lean vintage, far from it, but the best wines are those capturing the essence of the Syrah grown in that part of France; perfumed, elegant and savoury. Moreover, of course a slightly cooler year benefitted the whites that are incredibly perfumed, rich but not overly ripe. The South It was difficult not to notice the broad smiles and the joy after the 2016 vintage. Two magnificent vintages producing decent yields will certainly help the producer’s cash flow, especially after a few challenging vintages and the prospect of notably reduced volumes in 2017. The whites are rich, perfumed with enough freshness to carry the ripeness through. Many of them will evolve beautifully for several years, but of course, the ‘piece de resistance’ are the magnificent reds. Ripe, juicy, with just enough structure, elegant tannins and a good dose of freshness; I cannot remember having tasted so many great wines from a single vintage. The easiest ones are so appealing that I wanted to decant them into a bottle to drink the same day, despite knowing that they will last and improve for many years. Some wines are a touch more austere and will require 2 or 3 years cellaring, but for many of us the problem will be to resist the charm and appeal of these young wines. I will certainly buy as much as possible to enjoy over the next 10+ years. Christian Honorez, Director November 2017 ©adVINture 2020

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