Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2017

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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 La Chevalière is a place of history and character where the “jardins à la française” offer a Mediterranean accent.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Pinot Noir grapes come from our vineyard partners in two distinct regions of the Languedoc: the Cévennes foothills in the Northern Gard region (The Cévennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters, steep slopes covered in forests and jagged rock cliffs and ledges. More than a mountain chain, the Cévennes are in fact a multitude of many-sided open spaces which form the southern part of the Central Massif as it veers towards the Languedoc.); and from Limoux, in the hills south of Carcassonne in the western Languedoc, where the influence of a maritime climate provides cooler, fresher conditions. The soils are varied, with clay and limestone predominant.

    • Viticulture: “Lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required); cordon pruning, fruit thinning and high trellising in the vineyards
    • Size: 30 hectares (74.13 acre)
    • Vine Age: 20 years old
    • Density: 4,000 vines per hectare (1,600 vines per acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2017 vintage is surprising. Weather conditions were unusual: frost in winter, good amount of rain in spring and a very dry summer. These conditions moved the harvests 7 to 10 days earlier, giving a lower yield in comparison with the previous years. Yet, quality is here. The harvested berries showed a nice balance between sugar and acidity, and the must presented a complex and lovely aromatic structure. White wines are fresh and elegant; Shiraz and Grenache have a gorgeous potential. 2017 is as great as 2010!

    • Harvest Date(s): Early September
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 12 days at 26° to 28°C (78° to 82°F) in stainless-steel tanks with daily pump overs to increase skin contact and aerate the wine
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Filtration: Minimum filtration to preserve the natural character of the wine
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Bright ruby hue
      Aroma: Ripe and pulpy cherry aromas
      Taste: Juicy mouthfeel combined with supple, velvety tannins
      Aging Potential: 2 years

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 25,000 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 3.13g
    • p H: 3.68