You're about to be admitted into a Master Class of Wine. It's taught by Mel Master, creator of Mont Gravet and an ally of the Wine of the Month Club for more than 30 years. Mel was born in England, met the girl who would be his wife at 13, got into the wine business in 1970 and, a few years later, co-authored what is still considered the finest book on wines of the Rhone Valley.
Mel has also owned restaurants in New York, helped found Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and worked with wine and food luminaries from all over the world.
You'll never find a more likable guy with a quick wit and ready smile. Of course, we all thought he was crazy when he announced 30 years ago that he and his wife, Janie, were buying a vineyard in southern France. What? Do they grow grapes there? Well, as a matter of fact, they do.
Mel and Janie were so far ahead of their time that it even seems crazy today. They did everything right: started small and worked at it until they could go to the next step. Today, they make wine on several properties and under several labels. All of them are spectacular.
Mont Gravet is 100% Cinsault from grapes grown at the highest elevation in the vineyard. The grapes are lightly crushed and allowed a few hours of skin contact to induce that lovely blush of color. The wine is then pressed, the skins are removed, and the liquid is fermented into the lovely peach-scented elixir before you.