2020 Mas des Volques Volcae - DAMAGED LABEL
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.
A rich, hefty Rhone that has a blockbuster finish.
Super dense inky black core with a deep dark red black hue. Intoxicating aromas of ripe black raspberries and liquorice engulf the olfactory senses with some blackberry, scorched earth and peppered herb scents also evident. Considerably sized, rich and exuberant, the opulently textured palate is saturated with a concentrate of plush black raspberry, liquorice and black cherry liqueur like flavours. Notions of blackberry, scorched earth and peppered herbs lie underneath. The ripe, chewy tannin structure largely concealed by the sheer weight of fruit. Powerful, deep and voluminous, it concludes with a long blockbuster finish. Rich and large scaled yet balanced.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
An impressive wine in every vintage I've been able to taste, the 2020 Duché D'Uzès Volcae is no exception and has a darker blackberry and black cherry-driven style as well as Provençal notes of saddle leather and pepper. This ripe, hedonistic, medium to full-bodied, wonderfully pure red is perfect for enjoying over the coming 7-8 years. The blend is 40% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and the rest Carignan that was 75% destemmed and aged in 15% new French oak. Drink 2023-2031.