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 - 2014 Provence Blanc

Price: $23.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

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

Inside the bottle: The Mas de Cadenet Blanc is made of 100% Rolle (also called Vermentino.) It's interesting to taste this wine grown on limestone soil compared to those famously grown in Corsica, Ligurian and Sardegna, all of which are grown on schists or granites. Yes, kind of a geeky comment, but what you will find is a wine with very high-tones, striking focus and that beautiful limestone “fairy dust” powdered sugar nose, rather than the savory, salty, briny wines grown on schist and granite. This wine, sculpted by cold nighttime air is a wine of balanced tension and edge. It is a wine for those who enjoy acidity in their Mediterranean white wines.

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: The Mas de Cadenet Blanc is made of 100% Rolle (also called Vermentino.) It's interesting to taste this wine grown on limestone soil compared to those famously grown in Corsica, Ligurian and Sardegna, all of which are grown on schists or granites. Yes, kind of a geeky comment, but what you will find is a wine with very high-tones, striking focus and that beautiful limestone "fairy dust" powdered sugar nose, rather than the savory, salty, briny wines grown on schist and granite. This wine, sculpted by cold nighttime air is a wine of balanced tension and edge. It is a wine for those who enjoy acidity in their Mediterranean white wines.

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: The Mas de Cadenet Blanc is made of 100% Rolle (also called Vermentino.) It's interesting to taste this wine grown on limestone soil compared to those famously grown in Corsica, Ligurian and Sardegna, all of which are grown on schists or granites. Yes, kind of a geeky comment, but what you will find is a wine with very high-tones, striking focus and that beautiful limestone “fairy dust” powdered sugar nose, rather than the savory, salty, briny wines grown on schist and granite. This wine, sculpted by cold nighttime air is a wine of balanced tension and edge. It is a wine for those who enjoy acidity in their Mediterranean white wines.

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.