Carignan Vieilles Vignes
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 and fullbodied, this wine produces great notes of leather, tobacco, spice, and blackcurrant on the nose and palate. It has complex dark fruit flavors, a subtle earthy tone, and opens up nicely.
Located on the hillsides of the Hérault overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, mature vines - some over 50 years old.
Cold maceration first, then fermentation lasts for about 14 days at 18-23°C with daily pump overs. After fermentation, the wine is very softly pressed and re-blended. 50% of the wine is put in 225 litre oak barrels for malolactic fermentation.
The wine is aged for 6 months in barrels.