This Grand Vin comes from the large French wine region Coteaux du Languedoc (“coteaux” is French for a hill covered with vines). The region, located around Montpellier and up to the city of Narbonne, is known for full bodied reds.
This wine travelled with us to a gathering of friends at a rustic cabin in West Virginia. It is a blend of 85% Syrah, 10% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre – just the ticket for an outing in the forest. It is a twist on the Rhone favorite GSM (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre) with Syrah taking the lead in this bottling.
Château Paul Mas is a large producer in Languedoc. Their line includes the “fun” Arrogant Frog label, but based on this bottle they are capable of delivering expressive, top quality wines.
Syrah is one of our favorite grapes and the Clos des Mȗres has a bold, deep body rippling with chocolate and oak. As this wine opened in the glass, it smoothed into concentrated flavors of raspberry and currant. The finish was of lingering red berries.
The wine is under $20 and is in the prime of its drinking life. Bottle age has loosened the tannins to make this a delightful wine for grilled red meat or sausage entrees.
Rating: 4 of 5 Value: 4 of 5