22 Jul Mas de Boislauzon
winery: Mas de Boislauzon (‘Mas’ means ranch; farms and wineries are commonly called ‘Mas’ in southern France.)
wine: Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014
grape blend: 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 5% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre
I tasted this wine at an importer’s trade show back in March. In fact, I tasted several wines, but this delicious wine really stood out! So, I ordered a couple cases for the store and several for wine club. It was recently bottled, shipped to the states and just landed on Wine + Market’s doorstep. I hope you like this wine as much as I do!
This small family owned estate is located in southern France’s Rhône valley, just north of the famed village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Along with their mom Monique, sibling duo Christine and Daniel Chaussy represent the 5th and 6th generation of family winemakers.
The two oaks that appears on all Mas de Boislauzon packaging is a sketch of the two oak trees – “Les Deux Chênes” – on the property that mark the actual border limits of the Côtes du Rhône Villages and Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellations.
Although their rich Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds are the winery’s most important wines, this Côtes du Rhône Villages continues to offer incredible value with each vintage release. It always offers bold texture and rich complex flavors of blackberry, dried herbs, tobacco, tar and leather. For such a full-bodied wine, all of the texture and flavor come from the berries; this wine does not age in oak barrels.
Pair with grilled or richly stewed meats (lamb is especially tasty with this wine!), potato gratins or robust cheeses such as Roquefort, Stilton or aged goudas.