2010 Mas des Volques "Volcae X" IGP

SKU #1094131 87-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 For starters, the Mas des Volques 2010 Vin de Pays Volcae X, a 400-case sleeper of the vintage, is loaded with fruit. It offers sumptuous deep raspberry and black currant aromas and flavors, medium to full body, silky tannins and abundant hedonistic pleasure. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.  (10/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This is the debut wine from Nicolas Souchon's little side project, using fruit from his family's vineyards in Duché d'Uzès. Nicolas is the young winemaker at Châteauneuf-du-Pape's Clos St. Jean and he made this wine with the help of esteemed oenologist Philippe Cambie. The wine derives its name, Volcae, from the Latin name for the Volques, the first Gallic tribe to make wine in France more than 2,000 years ago. It's a blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 30% Carignan from vines between 35 and 60 years old, all farmed biodynamically. It has the deep cherry, currant and raspberry fruit you would expect from the varietals, with tapenade, garrigue, game and toasty oak notes. Full and round, this will stand up to the garlicky lamb, spicy sausages and stinky cheeses. Jeb Dunnuck of the Rhone Report (and now Wine Advocate's new Rhone critic/correspondant) scored the wine 92 points (10/2012).

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
This impressive Vin de Pays wine, a special project from the winemaker at Clos St. Jean and famed consultant Philippe Cambie, is a robust, tripartite expression of unabashedly fruity Grenache, bold, pepper-inflected Syrah and rustic, earthy Carignan, with enough depth, richness and character to handle the most seductive Provencal and Mediterranean dishes. And yes, the starkly bold label reminded me of a certain local silver and black football team….

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 15