Syrah/Grenache, 2016. Mas Pellier

Syrah/Grenache, 2016. Mas Pellier

Item #: V0218R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Syrah/Grenache
Vineyard/Appellation: Duche d'Uzes A.O.C., France
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Berry and Earth
Palate: Dynamic Berry and Spice
Finish: Rich Berry, Soft Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/Alcohol: 13.5%

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Mas Pellier is now in the hands of its fifth-generation Pellier, Christophe, whose grandfather founded the winery over 125 years ago. It is located at the southern tip of France in the Languedoc region, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

For a long time, this region was considered a place to make fairly ordinary wines at cheap prices. The problem, of course, was that nobody made any money doing it. So, many of the owners - one of them Pellier - joined together with like-minded growers and decided to elevate the area in terms of the wines they produced, in order to be granted an A.O.C. status.

This took time and commitment from each player, but it worked out. The area in which Christophe Pellier's grandfather first planted vines, Duche d'Uzes, was granted A.O.C. status in 2012. This trend is continuing, as other areas in the region are gradually achieving A.O.C. status and finally getting the respect they deserve.

Duche d'Uzes is located just south of the Rhone Valley, and shares many of its geologic attributes. This is why similar grapes - like Syrah and Grenache - are planted in both places. The climate and soil are perfect for it.

Our selection is a blend of Syrah and Grenache, but with a powerful edge that could only be likened to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The flavors are big and bold, with earth and berries shining through, along with flecks of spice and cranberry. The finish is long and penetrating, offering berry and earth with a flourish.

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