20.05.11

A Most Elegant Mas des Montagnes from Languedoc's Lorgeril

When Nicolas and Mirèn de Lorgeril took over the running of the family-owned business which dates back to 1620, they actively sought out high altitude vineyards which would bring "the height of elegance" to their wines.

Four years ago they purchased their highest site yet, sitting at up to 430 metres above sea level - the 33 hectare Mas des Montagnes estate in the Côtes du Rousillon.  This patchwork of vineyards is planted on terraces carved out of rocky hillsides across three communes: a plateau of schist in Latour de France, an island of gneiss surrounded by garrigue in Caramany and very old Grenache vines planted on rock and dry schist in St. Martin de Fenouillet. 

The Mas des Montagnes 'Classic', Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2008 (RRP £6.99, Majestic) is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from all three communes.  Each variety was fermented separately at 22-25oC, with daily pumping-over to preserve the grapes' fresh and fruity aromas. 

Further information: Ali at ewpr / 020 8747 9592