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.
This wine has a light yellow color with green highlights. A perfumed nose of mango, pineapple, vanilla and fresh cut flowers fills the glass. The palate is rich and full-bodied with a long finish.
The soil is clay and limestone with gravel and galets roulés. The vines are between 15 and 28 years old.
Each grape is viniﬁed separately, pellicular maceration for Viognier and Vermentino. Pneumatic pressing, separation freerun juice and ﬁrst press juices. Only the ﬁrst presses are reassembled. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks between 16° and 18°C for 15 days.
Maturing on ﬁne lees with regular batonnage for 4 to 5 months.