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An Affordable Wine for the Cellar

The Mas Des Bressades, Les Vignes de Mon Pere is a type of wine that I like to have laying about my basement.  Not only does it smell and taste good but it has balanced structure to support short-term aging.  Why not stash a few bottles away then get back to me in three years with your thoughts?  This bottle was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Mas Des Bressades, Les Vignes de Mon Pere, Cabernet-Syrah, Pays du Gard – $15
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections.  This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah sourced from 30+ year old vines.  It was vinified in both stainless and concrete tanks followed by 12 months of aging in new oak barrels.  Tried over two nights the color is fairly dark.  The nose reveals herbs, wood, along with scented blue-ish fruit.  In the mouth this youthful wine has flavors which follow the nose.  Purple fruit mixes with stone notes, showing some concentration along with wood box and drying tannins.  Nicely done but will be best after short-term aging.  **(*) 2015-2022.

  1. August 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Sorry but it is a wine specially made for American/NZ/Aussies etc… because no French wine states the variety of grapes ( cabernet, syrah ) . I never heard of canbernet-sauvignon etc…before I started reading Anglo blogs . In France only the soil deserves a name, and this Gard département has never been known as a good land for good wines .
    When you see this kind of generic names, like here “Pays du Gard”, instead of ONE property or castle name, it means it’s a mixture from many grapeyards of low quality, all mixed together in semi-industrial factories, using methods a wine maker would be ashamed of, and probably incorporating substances to make it suit American/NZ/Aussie’s taste . “Les vignes de mon père”, really ! These shopkeepers have no limit to their dishonesty .

    • Jbarbarella
      August 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

      It’s called Vin de Pays because it is not made of the grape varieties that are typical and “approved” for the area of “Costieres de Nimes” from which it comes. Many progressive and excellent French winemakers recognize that much good can come from stepping away from tradition in this way, even if it means the wine has to be declassified to a vin de pays. Bravo to the family Mares and all their excellent, carefully made and delicious wines.

  2. August 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Dear Phildange, have you ever drunk a wine from Mas des Bressades let alone this specific wine?

  3. Phil Bernstein
    August 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Phildange-Mas de Bressades is a small family owned winery just outside Nimes. I’ve visited the property, and I can assure you it’s not a “semi-industrial factory”. As I’m sure you know a wine that is VDP can have grape names stamped on the label, in fact the last time I was in France I saw quite a few of these wines for sale in various places. Whether this is a good or bad thing has been discussed many times. While I can see the point(s) you are trying to make, I think your post comes off as a bit unfair since you aren’t familiar with the the winery and have not tasted the wine. One last point-many Northern Rhone producers (and some very high quality ones such as Villard, Vernay and Ogier) make a VDP with “Syrah” clearly stamped on the label. Are these wines to be “ashamed of”??

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