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The Spices and Herbs of Mas Gourgonnier

While I have only drunk a few vintages of Mas de Gourgonniere the distinctive squat bottles of the les Baux de Provence became etched into my memory many years ago.  This cuvee has been available in Washington, DC for quite some time.  New to me was the Reserve du Mas in its traditional bottle.  We recently drank both of these wines which are from different vintages purchased from both coasts.  As different as the bottles purport they both do an excellent job of similarly reflecting the estate.  And to me that is a sense of lightness in aspect combined with an effusive array of herbs, spices, and florals.  Though I have a preference for the Reserve at more than twice the cost I recommend you start with les Baux de Provence.  For those curious the later will not disappoint.  The les Baux de Provence is available at MacArthur Beverages and the Reserve du Mas is available at Champion Wine Cellars in Seattle.

2010 Mas de Gourgonniere, Les Baux de Provence – $16
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Grenache, 22% Syrah,  and 15% Carignan.  The nice nose reveals herbs and whisky scents.  In the mouth this light to medium bodied wine has a sense of lightness yet provides expansive flavors of subtle dried herbs and black tea.  The black tea is pervasive, in a pleasing way, and is carried forward with a minerally, almost metallic, wave.  There is salivating acidity in the mouth and very fine, drying tannins.  *** Now-2019.

2007 Mas de Gourgonniere, Reserve du Mas, les Baux de Provence – $38
Imported by North Berkely Imports.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon which was matured in very big casks.  The nose reveals blue fruits and garrigue.  In the mouth this medium bodied wine tastes of blue fruit, spices, an old wood note, and fine drying tannins.  There is a sense of lightness.  The aftertaste bears spices and incense which are lifted and expansive in the mouth.  With air it become a touch minty fresh along with lots of herbs, juniper, and botanicals.  *** Now-2017.

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