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Domaine du Mas Blanc (Dr. Parce), Cosprons Levants, Collioure


The Parce family has been living in Banyuls since the 17th century.  The grandfather Gaston Parce, the village doctor, married Pauline Villarem in 1910.  Her family first acquired vineyards in 1639.  They subsequently build the Mas Blanc winery and Pauline gave birth their son Andre.  Andre took great interest in wine and in promoting the appellations of Banyuls and Collioure.  Dr. Andre Parce passed away in 1998 leaving one of his sons, Jean Michel, to run the domaine.

Domaine du Mas Blanc makes three different red Collioure each of which are named after the various vineyards. According to Rosemary George the 1996 Cosprons Levants cuvee was a blend of  60% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Counoise.  The 2007 cuvee it is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache.  The grapes come from the oldest vines on the estate that are planted on clay and schist.  This vineyard is only 900 meters from the sea so the climate is dominated by marine winds.  The Mourvedre is 40 years old.   The grapes are destalked then fermented together for 15 days of maceration.  The wine is then aged for 12 months in old barrels.

These wines are imported by Vineyard Brands, distributed by Bacchus Importers Ltd. and select vintages available at MacArthur’s.  These wines are roughly $22-$23 per bottle.  We preferred the 2005 which is tasty and reasonably priced.  I would personally cellar it two to three more years but if you cannot wait, give it several hours of air before drinking.  If you buy the 2007 then cellar it instead of drinking it.

2007 Domaine du Mas Blanc (Dr. Parce), Cosprons Levants, Collioure
This wine had a nose of “muddy grass” according to Jenn.  This light to medium bodied wine has a slightly, old-school oxidative flavor, that reveals more herbs and stones than fruit.  It is a bit richer than the 2005 but less complex.  It shows good potential with its red fruits, some dust, and acidity that enlivens the throat.  It shows some bacon and toast flavors with air.  On the second night the fruit unfolded by developing a strong raspberry/Kirsch nose.  It shows less tannins and is softer than Les Junquets.  Note, Robert Parker makes mention of tasting a barrel that was dominated by new wood and that his tasting note is an approximation, as Vineyard Brands only selections old barrels.  Given the strength of the 2007 vintage perhaps this is shutdown.  **(*) 2017-2022.

2005 Domaine du Mas Blanc (Dr. Parce), Cosprons Levants, Collioure
This wine had a nose of red fruit.  In the mouth there were cleaner flavors of red fruit, dusty red berries, and lots of acidity.  With air black fruit and a distinctive set of herbs like black tea developed.  There were sweet spices in the finish and a nice inky coating of the lips.  A really nice bottle that is complete.  *** 2015-2022.

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