2016 Mas Karolina Côtes du Roussillon-Villages

SKU #1377650 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The top wine I tried from Mas Karolina is the 2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages, a barrel-aged blend of 55% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 12% Carignan. It's full-bodied, creamy and lush in texture, with lovely supple tannins, pure red-berry fruit, ample vanilla shadings and a long, fine-grained finish. I suppose some might quibble with the modern style, but it's just so darn delicious. (JC)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Mas Karolina is the project of Caroline Bonville, cousin of Olivier Bonville proprietor of one of our favorite Champagne houses Franck Bonville. Caroline originally hails from Bordeaux where much of her family still resides. Looking for her own property, she settled in the village of Maury located in the Roussillon. There, her restrained sensibilities are making some of the most pristine, clean and balanced wines in the region. Based on a mix of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, her vines are located in and around the village of Maury with its amazing brown schist soils and Lesquerde known for its granite.


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By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2019 | Send Email
I know it is easy to go to the grocery store and buy wine. But, I must tell you quality matters! Mas Karolina is one of those wines, that you will not find there. Our buyers search far and wide to come up with gems like this. At the the first whiff its intoxicating aromas lure you in. Blackberry compote, vanilla bean and violets dance in the glass. The taste is pure pleasure. Wonderful fruit of dark berries and a surprising splash of acidity. Good tannin structure and a long velvet finish. Once again, some much wine for the price. Trust me, you wont find this kind of wine in the grocery store.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
Mas Karolina was one of the first wineries I added to our portfolio when I took over the buying duties for the Languedoc and it continues to be a favorite. And each year, the wines evolve and grow in depth and character. Winemaker Caroline Bonville came to us by way of her cousin Olivier Bonville, one of our top Grower/Producer Champagne houses - Franck Bonville. Immediately, I loved the charm and exuberance of her wines. They were fleshy and rich but had wonderful elegance. The 2016 Cotes du Roussillon is simply the best wine I have tasted from Caroline though. It is saturated with blue fruit and floral notes. Never too heavy, it still has the elegant tannins reminiscent of her earlier wines, just more deeply satisfying notes. She has also been undergoing organic conversion with her vineyards for the last few years and should be fully certified starting with the 2017 vintage. It is that care and detail in the vineyards that allows Caroline to create quality wines that continue to charm me. I think you'll be just as charmed too.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2019 | Send Email
This is not a wine short on character! The Cotes du Roussillon AOC produces some spectacularly bold and spicy reds, and this 2016 release from Caroline Bonville (cousin of K&L champagne legend Olivier Bonville) does not break from this trend. The wine is aged for 12 months in barrels of varying sizes (3,4, and 500 liter), 15% new oak. Grapes are organically farmed and fertilized, on soils of red marl, granite, and schist. It's a big, layered wine with a good helping of vanilla and baking spice, great, earthy texture, and very silky tannin. Another great example of more modern wines coming out of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Long decant recommended.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

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