02 December12 2013
Recently presented during the SITEVI event, the very new Diam 30 closure has already won over a number of our clients. Serge Baux, enthusiastic Languedoc Roussillon winemaker, is the first to have taken the plunge and today offers one of his best wines bottled with this new upmarket closure.
The Mas Baux estate, including 12 hectares of vineyards bordered by typical garrigue scrubland, is a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean Sea, midway between Perpignan and Canet-en-Roussillon. Opposite the old Catalan farmhouse dating from the 18th century is the cellar, the maturing cellar and the tasting room. The typical Châteauneuf-du-Pape land and its situation (high, breezy terraces, round pebbles) are remarkable assets for cultivation.
Grapes are harvested by hand before being carefully hand-sorted on a table and removed from the stalks and then fermented in heat-controlled vats fitted with pigéage equipment. After several tastings, the wines are blended and developed either in stainless steel vats or oak barrels for over a year before being bottled. The estate produces about 35,000 bottles a year and exports 60% of its production. Quality is the watchword at all stages: from growing the vines to the winemaking process. It is also in the interest of quality that a choice has been made for low yields: 20 to 30 hectoliters per hectare, and organic production since 2009.
Cuvée Alexandre 2011: SOMMELIERS INTERNATIONAL description
Côtes du Roussillon
Served at: 16°C
Color: Black cherry, with violet shades.
Nose: good intensity, complex, elegant, red fruit, prune, fig, garrigue.
Taste: balanced, silky tannins, red fruit, mild spice, prune, garrigue.
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