2016 Domaine des Masques, Syrah 'Exception' | Friarwood Fine Wines

2016 Domaine des Masques, Syrah 'Exception'

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  • Type: Red Wine
  • Grape: Syrah
  • Style: Elegant and Silky
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Country: France
  • Region: Provence
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An olive-grove since the time of the ancient Gauls, the plateau near Aix-en-Provence upon which Le Domaine des Masques rests was settled by the Knights Templar of the Order of Provence in the Middle Ages. Vines were first planted in 1992, and in 2003 the estate was bought by Carl and Sophie Mestdagh. The vineyards are tended according to organic principles, although the estate has not sought certification. With duties in the cellar overseen by the famous Rhone winemaker, Yves Cuilleron, the estate is in excellent hands, and producing exceptional wines.

Destemmed and fermented without pressing, using natural yeast; the wine undergoes extensive pump-overs to extract tannin and colour, and then aged in barrel for a year prior to release. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, with blackcurrant, blackberry and oak-spice on the palate. The finish is punctuated by white-pepper and plum nuances.

Excellent with feathered game or a vegetarian stew.

The region has a long history of growing medicinal plants; and has always been a haven for healers, herbalists and sorcerers; masco€ in the Provencal dialect, which have given the estate its name.

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