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Review: Three Paul Mas Wines

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.paulmas.com/index-fr.php

Most wine lovers know of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone but France’s Languedoc region hasn’t been too high on the radar for many. Located in the southeast portion of the country, it grows some fabulous grapes under the Languedoc AOC body there.

If you enjoy old-world-style wines at new-world prices, then I’d recommend you check out these from Paul Mas.

Review: Three Paul Mas Wines

2011 Chateau Paul Mas Coteaux Du Languedoc – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data: 

  • Blend: 83% Syrah, 12% Grenache and 5% Mourvédre
  • Region: Languedoc
  • Appellation: Coteaux du Languedoc
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Price: $20

On the nose: Cherry compote, marionberry, blueberry, peppercorn, beef jerky, leather, chewing tobacco and a hint of pencil lead.

On the palate: A very balanced, food-friendly Rhone blend that would go with everything from wild game to bison to beef pot-roast. Lush fruit up front but balanced with acid and tannin that lead into a lingering finish that begs you for more.

2011 Paul Mas Malbec – W.E.P. Rating: 130%

Technical Data: 

  • Region: Languedoc
  • Appellation: Pays d’Oc AOP
  • Grape: 100% Malbec
  • Price: $18

On the nose: Bramble, plum skin, boysenberry, blueberry, wet dirt, black cherries, cola, leather and tobacco leaf.

On the palate: A very food-friendly Malbec that does a tremendous job of proving once again that most American Wineries should stop trying to produce it. The reason is simple, I have yet to see any American producer that can match the quality of this bottle at even double the price. In fact, it’s better than many Malbec’s I’ve had from the Malbec budget leader, Argentina. It has solid structure, superb tannins, great acidity and fruit that rolls out like a welcome mat. A wine that will entice you to seek it out by the case-loads.

2011 Paul Mas Pinot Noir – W.E.P. Rating: 125%

Technical Data: 

  • Region: Languedoc
  • Appellation: IGP d’Aude
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • pH: 3.6
  • Price: $18

On the nose: Blackened rhubarb tart with notes of cranberry, peppercorns, leather, chocolate, barnyard pasture and licorice.

On the palate: Easily one of the best sub-$20 Pinot Noirs I’ve ever had. Exhibits great complexity, stellar fruit, acid and tanning. The finish hangs out for months and gives a nice dose of reach-around.