Composed mostly of Syrah, the wine produces an explosion of red fruit (dark cherry), spice (pepper) and the wild herbs that are typical of the region. The very cosmopolitan Syrah is a grape variety with countless facets: depending on the terroir on which is it grown, the grape will reveal a number of very different expressions. In the terroir of Mas Belles Eaux, it adapts perfectly to the dense and deep red clay soils, and is also well suited to soils of silt, clay and sand.
A medium-bodied, supple red, with dried berry and cherry flavors. Firm and savory on the chewy finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.
Peat, blond tobacco, rosemary, kirsch, plum paste and black raspberry preserves on the nose of Mas Belles Eaux's 2008 Languedoc Les Coteaux presage a comparable complexity on a firm but juicy palate suffused with a mixture of salt, iodine, crushed stone, cherry pit, rosemary oil, and smoky black tea, all reflecting the sort of diversity and pronounced mineral nature of flavors from Caux soils. The resinous aspect of the finish here doesn't obscure the purity of berry fruit or keep the wine from delivering energy and genuine refreshment - on the contrary, it's part of the invigoration. I suspect that this outstanding value will continue to reward attention for at least 3-4 more years.
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