I.G.P Méditerranée - Zéro Sulfites Carl et Sophie Mestdagh - Owner Harvesters
Grapes Varieties : Carignan 88%, Mourvèdre 12%
Terroir : Clay-limestone, gravel.
Vinification : For this cuvée, entirely harvested and vinified by Les Masques, the grapes come from the family vineyards of our technical director, Yannick, located in the neighboring commune of Pourrières, in the Arc Valley. Most of the grapes are Carignan vines planted and grafted on site in 1959 by Yannick’s grandparents. The age of the Mourvèdres is undetermined. The replacement of the missing ones was done with a massal selection of a prestigious Château du Rhône sud.
From these two parcels, we have a panoramic view of the Sainte-Victoire and the Cengle, where we can see Les Masques. They are in organic conversion (certified in 2020) and are the oldest vines currently operated by Les Masques.
Manual harvesting, in small openwork crates. The grapes are vatted whole: this is a semi-carbonic maceration, following the model of Beaujolais wines in particular, aiming at an optimal expression of the fruity notes and a lesser extraction of the tannins, thanks to the natural intra-cellular fermentation.
After a few days, a light manual punching of the cap and very short pumping over are carried out, in order to bring a minimum of structure and color. Once devatted, the press juices finish their fermentation separately and are then blended after tasting.
Aged in small stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruit, filtered and bottled early to ensure purity.
The particularity of this cuvée is the total absence of sulfites: nothing was added of course, but also nothing was produced during the fermentation.
This is attested by the analysis, which also proves the absence of any pesticide residues.
Light red with ruby highlights.
Straightforward and direct, pomegranate, cherry, blackberry and raspberry, nuances of thyme and fig.
Supple and slightly pearly attack, feeling of roundness and great lightness, full and fresh on the finish, red fruit flavors (strawberry, raspberry), hint of smoke and flowers in retro-olfaction.
13° à 16°C
This refined and playful red wine will be appreciated as an aperitif, with cold meats, with "canailleur" dishes (andouillette, tablier de sapeur, caillettes...)
and with typical Provencal or Mediterranean cuisine: petit-farcis, pieds-paquets, salade niçoise, pizzas, mezzés, paella...
Assured over three to five years, but without any particular bonus: good right away, on the pep of its primary fruit!