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2017 Mas des Volques Volcae
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- Cellar 1 - 7 years (2020-2026)
- ABV 15.5%
- Closure: Cork
Positioned on the border between the Rhône Valley and the Languedoc, and straddling the mountainous climate of the Massif Central and the gentle Mediterranean climate of the Costieres-de-Nîmes, the AOP Duché d’Uzes is not only one of France’s newest appellations but historically one of it’s most ancient. This rugged region was the birthplace of the Volcae, an ancient Celtic confederation that at one time controlled a vast area stretching from northern Spain to Macedonia.
The Souchon family, who have farmed vineyards in this region for generations sold their fruit to a cooperative outfit for more than 80 years until 2010 when fourth generation Nicolas Souchon (who was also the assistant winemaker at Clos Saint Jean in Chateauneuf du Pape), together with the able assistance of Philippe Cambie decided to produce his own wines. ‘Mas des Volques’ Estate was created and a new winery built with fruit sourced only from the highest quality, older vineyards.
Impenetrable inky black core with a very deep dark purple black hue. The potent nose has black raspberry, black cherry, freshly crushed blackberry and liquorice scents evolving out of the glass with trailing notes of scorched earth, provincial herbs and spicy pepper. Rich, lush and chewy, the palate is saturated with lavish black raspberry, blackberry and liquorice fruits which run amuck over a background of earth, dried herbs and spicy pepper elements. Ripe muscular tannins form a robust backbone. Outstanding power, finishing with good freshness and a long ripe chewy textured aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
A blend of 40% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 25% Carignan, aged mostly in barrel, the 2017 Duche d’Uzes Volcae is rich and ripe, dominated by black cherries. Full-bodied and velvety, it finishes long and plush, picking up attractive hints of licorice. It's a terrific value to drink over the next decade. Drink 2019-2028.
Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate