We’re so pleased to see the sun shining more often but have you noticed how chilly the evenings still are? White and rosé wines are great when you’re sat out in the sun but when there’s a nip in the air it’s nice to settle down with a juicy red. One of our best-sellers
at the moment, Mas du Soleilla ‘Les Chailles’ 2009
certainly ticks that box so read on to find out more about it.
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Mas du Soleilla ‘Les Chailles’ 2009
Les Chailles is classed as AOP Languedoc
and is sourced from vines located on the Massif La Clape, a rocky outcrop on which the Romans held occupation. There is controversy over whether they introduced viticulture to the area or whether it was practised before their arrival. Either way, the limestone, flint and red clay soils
are ideal for grape growing and have idyllic views out to the Mediterranean.
The winemaker of Les Chailles, indeed all the wines at Mas du Soleilla, Peter Wildbolz,
holds the greatest respect for the terroir
of La Clape
and works the vineyard with meticulous organic practices
to get the best from the land and therefore the best wine he can produce. 'La Garrigue
' of the region is the wild growing scrub of rosemary, thyme, juniper, mint, sage and other herbs which produce a wonderfully heady, fragrant perfume. The herbs that shed and die become part of the soil and the flavours and smells are characteristic to the wines of the area. The winery has recently been awarded 3 gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards
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Les Chailles is made from a blend of red grapes typical to the Languedoc region, Syrah
. The Syrah dominates the blend (90%) and gives a summer fruit pudding character to the wine. Red and black fruits meld together in a juicy mouthful along with a hint of warm spice from the new barrels the wine was matured in. The Grenache element comes through as the bold colour, more jammy fruit and a black pepper tingle on the back of the tongue. This wine is not just a fruit bomb, though. There’s the influence of the garrigue
which adds delicate florals, mixed herbs and a smoky note to the wine. This lingers on the finish and helps to cleanse the palate after all that bold, sweet fruit.
Les Chailles works best with, not surprisingly, food that involves a lot of herbs, hearty red meat dishes and particularly barbequed meat and vegetables. Come back soon and have a look at what recipe we suggest to try it with this summer.