SRP of $20 and available for as low as $15. Sample submitted for review. Imported by Esprit Du Vin.
From the bottle:
"Syrah (85%), Grenache Noir (10%) and Mourvedre (5%) aged in oak barrels for 10 months.
The historic slopes of the Coteaux du Languedoc contain many fossil remains in addition to rich deposits of humus making the vineyards ideal for producing some of the finest wines from all of France. The beautiful Clos des Mures is an actual walled vineyard dating back to the middle of the 20th century in which the classic blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre reveals both boldness and charm! May this wine bring you great pleasure. A Votre Sante.
As the label says, the vineyard Clos des Mures is an actual walled vineyard. Exactly why it is walled, I'm not sure but after tasting the wine it wouldn't surprise me to learn that it was protection against anyone trying to pilfer its prime grapes. The vineyard is named after the wild blackberry, or mures bushes that grow around it. It is now owned by Domaines Paul Mas who has worked to acquire and update many high quality vineyards and is a name to look for in the Languedoc.
The 2011 Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures Coteaux du Languedoc begins with a bit of barnyard on the nose (or French funk as I like to affectionately call it) but don't let that scare you off. You'll also find blackberry, plum, a little spice and a hint of chocolate. The wine tastes juicy and smooth with a bit of a chewy texture and features tart dark fruit, licorice and a bit of oaky spice. It ends dry and a bit astringent with good length. I really enjoyed this one.
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