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  • 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
  • It will be joyful as an aperitif at a picnic
  • "I wish this wine was on just about every bistro list in the country." Mike Bennie
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose "Seductive perfume of red cherry, raspberry, Chinese five spice, dried herbs, seaweed." Mike Bennie
Palate "The palate is loaded with chompy, suede-textured fruit. Red currants appear but are whipped away by more seaweed, clove spice, sarsaparilla characters. It’s got a lushness, but brought into heel with that spread of tannins and bright acidity." Mike Bennie
Food Pairing Moroccan meat stew with grilled lamb and vegetables and traditional Mediterranean flavours.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes This is a red wine that can be set aside and aged for many years, but you can also (very easily) drink it now.
Variety Grenache Blend
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Rhone Valley
Country France
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Mas de Libian
Mas de Libian has been a part of the Thibon family since the 17th century. Situated in the Rhône river valley, this family estate highlights the finest Grenache and Syrah varieties of the region. Certified organic produced, Mas de Libian makes use of clay-limestone, river rocks and sand to absorb and maintain warmth for the vines. Upholding traditional methods of horse-pulled ploughing and hand-picked harvesting, this winery embraces everything we love about French wine.
Rhone Valley
The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.



The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.



In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.



Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.
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Mike Bennie
I remember when I first started exploring French wine it was always Rhone blends that drew me in. Seductive in red fruits, sweet spice, plushness, drinkability, fine tannin. Ease of drinking probably the clincher. This wine reminded me of the nondescript Rhone reds I loved, but it’s an elevation here, a touch of finesse amongst the purity of savoury fruit. Nostalgia in a glass, but also lip-smacking satisfaction. From Mas de Libian, a biodynamic producer based out of Ardeche, this is mostly grenache, but syrah and maybe mourvedre is blended in. Natural winemaking, ala no additions, gentle handling, natural ferment, only a touch of SO2 at bottling.



Seductive perfume of red cherry, raspberry, Chinese five spice, dried herbs, seaweed. The palate is loaded with chompy, suede-textured fruit. Red currants appear but are whipped away by more seaweed, clove spice, sarsaparilla characters. It’s got a lushness, but brought into heel with that spread of tannins and bright acidity. Everything meshed into a medium weight, satisfying, utterly delicious wine. Though dull in repetition, I wish this wine was on just about every bistro list in the country.

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