Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Cabernet Sauvignon, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • “La Chevalière,” or “the knight’s lady,” is a reference to “Mas La Chevalière,” literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the Laroche winery in southern France that was created by Michel Laroche. Surrounded by a wall, just like the “clos” enclosures in Burgundy, Mas LaChevalière is a place of history and character where the “jardins à la française” offer a Mediterranean accent.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Béziers is located in the center of the Languedoc region, just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the Mediterranean. Vineyard orientation is south and east; the soil is predominantly clay and limestone, elevation 200 meters (656 feet)

    • Appellation: Pays d’Oc IGP (Indication Geographique Protegée)
    • Viticulture: “Lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required); primarily cordon pruning with fruit thinning and high trellising in the vineyards
    • Size: Purchased grapes, vineyard size varies based on source
    • Vine Age: 20 years
    • Density: 4,00 vines per hectare (1,600 vines per acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • This year, the grape varieties benefited from good weather conditions: dry spring and summer. August was particularly nice and yielded a slow, regular ripening. The cool evenings enhanced the aromatic potential of the grapes. The result of all being a perfectly balanced vintage with fruitiness and minerality

    • Harvest Date(s): End of September
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Whole bunches pressed in pneumatic press under protective conditions, then settling at 12° to 15°C (53° to 59°F) for 24 hours; 12 days of fermentation
    • Malolactic: None
    • Filtration: Minimum filtration to preserve maximum natural character
    • Bottled: Under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Dark ruby color
      Aroma: Intense nose offering pungent black currant and subtle herbal tones
      Taste: Intense fruit concentration laced with developed tannic structure; good intensity and nice, juicy mouthfeel
      Aging Potential: 2 years

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Production (in cases): 5,000 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 5g
    • p H: 3.6
    • RS: <2 g/L