Arrogant Frog

Pinot Noir

Jean-Claude Mas, first-generation winemaker, fourth generation grape grower, and owner of Les Domaines Paul Mas, is a leader in fine winemaking in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Since taking the helm of the family winery in 2000, he has prioritized sourcing the highest quality grapes from twelve privately-owned estates and premier growers in the Languedoc to make wines of authenticity and refinement. The result is a collection of charming wines that burst forward with the warmth and stunning beauty of the region. Within just a few years of its launch, Arrogant Frog has become the mascot of all the Paul Mas estates. Jean-Claude has shown that with creativity, expertise, and humor, the wines of the Languedoc find eager drinkers across the globe. Arrogant Frog wines are a perfect representation of Les Domaines Paul Mas’ philosophy of “Le luxe rural,” rural luxury. Château Arrogant Frog encompasses 20 hectares of vineyards in Grand Cru Limoux, 15 of which are organically farmed and five are certified Terra Vitis. The vineyards sit at 200 meters elevation and are rooted in stony limestone-clay soils of the prestigious AOP Limoux and IGP Pays d’Oc. They face north in a heavily maritime-influenced area of the region. The grapes are hand-harvested while the vines are pruned using the Guyot simple and Cordon de Royat methods. Despite their Old World roots, Arrogant Frog wines will appeal to more New World palates with fresh, bright fruit and unique varietal character.

Tasting Notes

This is what Pinot Noir tastes like without costing what Pinot Noir costs. Light color typical of France, meaning you can see through the glass as you drink the bottle. Pleasant aromatics full of wild strawberries and red cherries. Lifted acidity typical of Pinot Noir freshens the pallet, even if the medium bodied wine has a richness that appeals to even the heaviest of red wine lovers.


Cultivation

The 23 year old vines are planted on clay, limestone, and gravel soils. Vineyards managed with total respect to the environment.


Vinification

De-stemmed grapes spend three days macerating with skin contact at 50°F followed by fermentation at 77°F. An additional five days maceration follows before pressing. Only the first press is included in final wine.


Aging

Half of the wine is aged in new oak barrels for four months and the other half remains in stainless steel vats. The wine is blended and then spends an additional two months in vats prior to bottling.

APPELLATION

Pays d'Oc IGP

VARIETAL

100% Pinot Noir

ABV

13.5%

ALTITUDE

200-250 meters

SOIL

Clay and limestone, locally gritty

PHILOSOPHY

Sustainable

AVERAGE AGE

11-21 years

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