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. Chateau Paul Mas is located between Pézenas and Montpellier, 10 km from the Mediterranean. The vineyards cover 162 hectares across the Languedoc, Languedoc Pézenas, Grés de Montpellier and Pays d’Oc appellations. These sites also provide the fruit for the Paul Mas Réserve line of wines. The vines are grown in an exceptional setting, surrounded by olive trees, pine forests, oak trees, and orchards–they enjoy exposure from the north, south, and west, and are cooled by the Mistral and Tramontane winds. The grapes are heavily influenced by the gravelly clay and limestone soils on the hillsides of the Herault valley, and the chalky, fossil-rich soils on the hills of the Thau marshes. The vines are grown using sustainable viticulture practices, with portions of the vineyards being organic or certified Terra Vitis.
Intense deep purple color with garnet red tints. Complex and perfumed aromas of violet, cocoa, roasted coffee beans, and blackberries. A well structured and fullbodied wine, it has rich tannins and a strong fruity character.
The soil for this 7.4 acre plot consists of limestone, clay, gravel, and stones. The vines are between 19 and 36 years old.
Grape destemming, separate viniﬁcation for each grape varietal. Fermentation lasts for 7 days under controlled temperature. A traditional 21-day-maceration with regular pumping over then follows. 30% of the blend undergoes malolactic fermentation in oak barrels.
After aging for 14 months in oak barrels, this blend is bottled unreﬁned and unﬁltered in order to preserve its velvety and dense structure.