Mas de Cadenet

The Story

Gentle, focused and intelligent: words that describe both the Negrel family and their wines. A quick trip through their vineyards and cellar would only reaffirm the hunch that the top-level work is done in both. Purchased in 1813 by the Negrel family, Guy Negrel, his son Matthieu (pictured) and daughter, Maud, run the estate today with the highest organic standards one could find in a mid-sized Provençal estate. Their vines sit on the gifted ground of “Côtes-de-Provence Sainte Victoire,” an appellation whose creation was spearheaded by Guy Negrel. Their range of wines from this appellation include their rosé and red, both which bear the AOP name, and their white wine (made from Rolle, also known as Vermentino) that was, for some unknown reason, excluded from access to this appellation. The entire range is great for modern cooking as they have enough delicacy and at the same time enough substance to match a wonderful range of cooking styles.

 

Lay of the Land

In the background of this picture, you see the famous rock, Sainte Victoire, a vertical limestone slab that sits north of this appellation that takes its name. The appellation was created on the basis of its soils and grape varieties. Sitting on a slab of cretaceous and jurrassic limestone (that was once a part of this beautiful mountain) with iron-rich clay mixed with alluvial pebbles and limestone fragments on top, sits vineyards that have a strong affinity for Grenache and other aromatic varieties. The cold Alpine air that finds it way down in the nights makes this Grenache country, despite the sun-rich days. The range of short mountains to the south, the Saint Baume, stops the warmer Mediterranean air from coming into this valley, making it difficult for the famous Mourvedre varietal to find its complexity because of the sting of cool night-time air. This is a place with a special terroir that the Negrels exploit with their fresh, complex and charming wines.

Mas de Cadenet - 2013 Provence Rouge

Price: $24.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Medium Body, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside the bottle: This little savory southern French beast is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is something about southern French Syrah, particularly in areas that lie south of Avignon. This wine exhibits those qualities: Intensely vibrant and exotic bramble, wild and spicy dark berry fruit and a southern French summer cooking. I know that may be hard to follow if you've not experienced the merits of Syrah from this part of the world but if you haven't this is a good place to start! The Grenache brings elevated red fruit notes and charm, while the Cabernet may be the tie that binds it all, giving it a focussed suave appeal. Again, this wine is ideal for southern French cooking, a la ratatouille, garlic dishes, braised meats, wood grilled meats, you name it, it works!

Terroir: Limestone for days! On top of that ancient limestone slab rests beautiful orangish-red (Iron for days!) clay that is decorated with shiny, stark-white limestone pebbles and round river rocks. As mentioned above, the nighttime air keeps this place cold and fresh, while the days are long and rich with direct sun that is kept in check by a constant wind from the Alps.

The Wine

Inside the bottle: This little savory southern French beast is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is something about southern French Syrah, particularly in areas that lie south of Avignon. This wine exhibits those qualities: Intensely vibrant and exotic bramble, wild and spicy dark berry fruit and a southern French summer cooking. I know that may be hard to follow if you've not experienced the merits of Syrah from this part of the world but if you haven't this is a good place to start! The Grenache brings elevated red fruit notes and charm, while the Cabernet may be the tie that binds it all, giving it a focussed suave appeal. Again, this wine is ideal for southern French cooking, a la ratatouille, garlic dishes, braised meats, wood grilled meats, you name it, it works!

Terroir: Limestone for days! On top of that ancient limestone slab rests beautiful orangish-red (Iron for days!) clay that is decorated with shiny, stark-white limestone pebbles and round river rocks. As mentioned above, the nighttime air keeps this place cold and fresh, while the days are long and rich with direct sun that is kept in check by a constant wind from the Alps.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: This little savory southern French beast is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is something about southern French Syrah, particularly in areas that lie south of Avignon. This wine exhibits those qualities: Intensely vibrant and exotic bramble, wild and spicy dark berry fruit and a southern French summer cooking. I know that may be hard to follow if you've not experienced the merits of Syrah from this part of the world but if you haven't this is a good place to start! The Grenache brings elevated red fruit notes and charm, while the Cabernet may be the tie that binds it all, giving it a focussed suave appeal. Again, this wine is ideal for southern French cooking, a la ratatouille, garlic dishes, braised meats, wood grilled meats, you name it, it works!

Terroir: Limestone for days! On top of that ancient limestone slab rests beautiful orangish-red (Iron for days!) clay that is decorated with shiny, stark-white limestone pebbles and round river rocks. As mentioned above, the nighttime air keeps this place cold and fresh, while the days are long and rich with direct sun that is kept in check by a constant wind from the Alps.