2018 Mas des Volques Volcae
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2018 Mas des Volques Volcae

Duche d’Uzes, Rhone Valley, FRANCE
$24. 99
$299.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2022-2026)
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.
Pitch black heart with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Expressive ripe black cherry and liquorice aromas are followed by black raspberries, scorched earth and peppered dried meat notes. Rich and opulent, black cherry, liquorice and black raspberry fruits are backed by a ripe chewy tannin structure which gives the back half a grippy feel. Infusions of herbs du Provence, scorched earth and peppered dried meat elements sit below. Long muscular blackpepper laced conclusion.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
Alc. 15.5%

Other Reviews…..
Tasted out of bottle, the 2018 Duche D'Uzes Volcae takes some air to show at its best, revealing a ruby/purple, almost opaque hue to go with beautiful blackberries, raspberries, smoked earth, ground pepper, and bouquet garni-like nuances. These carry to a medium to full-bodied wine with ripe, silky tannins, flawless balance, and just a pure, balanced, undeniably delicious style. It's going to evolve positively for 2-3 years and hold for 7-8. It's well worth seeking out. Hats off to proprietor Nicolas Souchon and consultant Philippe Cambie. Drink 2020-2028
93 points