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Mas de L'Ecriture Ecriture 2007

Terrasses du Larzac

€45.00/Bottle | €540.00/Case
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L’Ecriture is our top cuvée; a powerful combination of mainly Syrah, with a touch of Grenache noir and Mourvèdre, it is made to lay down. Deeply coloured, with chewy fruit, ripe tannins, spicy intensity and a firm structure, a minimum five years’ ageing will bring greater intensity, and rounder, more elegant tannins.

We recommend decanting for at least three hours before drinking.

The Vineyard

Our vineyards are in the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, a short drive north of the capital city of Montpellier, on the outskirts of a small village - Jonquières.

We are in Coteaux du Languedoc country, and have the honour of working within the Terrasses du Larzac appellation. The domaine sits at the foot of the Larzac plateau;

The soil here is stony, sandy-clay beneath Jurassic limestone, and characterized by the exceptional quality of its drainage, which forces the vines to put down deep roots and gives us the potential to make wines with a distinct sense of place.

It is not unusual to find fossilized oysters and mussels amongst the vines

Writing in Decanter, Andrew Jefford described the Terrasses du Larzac as “the Languedoc of everyone’s retirement dreams: open, uncluttered countryside where the fennel plants sway idly by the roadside, where olive trees mark property boundaries… the terraces themselves tend to be limestone rubble weathered from the Causse above…the vineyards laid out like picnic rugs on those pale stones give way, as the hills rise, to scrubby forests patrolled by boar.“

What I particularly appreciate about our soils are their quality and diversity. Some have been transplanted as a result of movement of the earth’s crust.

I have spent more than ten years getting to know my various plots, and have noticed subtle but important differences, which I use to my advantage.

For example, I have a 1.5 hectare plot of Syrah vines growing on a unique soil studded with quartz, sandstone and silica, which allows this particular grape variety to express itself with amazing subtlety and finesse. In comparison, I have two hectares of Syrah planted on mainly clay soil, which brings concentration and freshness.

At Le Mas de l’Ecriture, we refine our winemaking by drilling down to the detail. Each plot is harvested, vinified and aged separately.

It is only at the end of this process that I blend my wines.

To be able to work with such varied terroir - and such precision - is a real joy; I consider myself lucky to have so many possibilities.

− witness to a time when the waters of the Mediterranean washed over this land

Critics

Jancis Robinson

Very bright and glowing with rich colour. Quite bloody and raw fruit on the nose. Raw meat. Pepper. Then a mouthful of sweet ripe rounded red fruit, curvaceous and upturned and giving. Tannins are fine and exquisitely defined – calligraphy of the grapes? (I can’t help these writing analogies!). Beautifully integrated. Smudges of charcoal and liquorice and a hint of chocolate – just a glimmer. Savoury coffee/Bovril nuances bass notes to a chorus of tangy vibrant fruit. (TC)

Mas de L'Ecriture Ecriture 2007
Red Nose Rating: 00%
Tags:
Fine Wine with long rich finish, Rich, spicy reds