Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Cabernet Sauvignon, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2019

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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: 4,000 vines per hectare (1,600 vines per acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2019 vintage in the South of France was out of the ordinary. The weather was very hot throughout the year and the lack of water was very significant during both Spring and Summer. However, the grapes which were perfectly healthy at the harvest time, showed a nice acidity during the maturation process. The 2019 wines are very well balanced with very nice color and hue.

    • 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, then bottled under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality
  • 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
  • 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