Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures

Paul Mas has always been ahead of the curve in the south of France in terms of marketing with brands such as Arrogant Frog, he was one of the first to employ an Australian flying wine-maker in the late eighties / early nineties and has always said to have combined New World wine-making attitudes with Old World Village appellation philosophy. However he also produces some pretty traditional wines such as Pezanas and St Chinian AOC. Clos des Mures is a blend of Syrah 85%, Grenache 10% and Mourvedre 5% aged for 11 months in French and American Seguin Moreau and François Frére oak barrels. Clos des Mures is an 11 hectare vineyard at Chateau Paul Mas an is so named because the vineyard is surrounded by wild blackberries (mures).

Paul Mas Clos des Mures Tasting Notes
Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures

The 2010 is a clear dark red / black colour. The nose is very Rhone-ish with dark fruit (blackcurrants and blackberries) redcurrants, hints of smokey oak, violets and dark chocolate. It is full and rich on the palate, there are loads of blackcurrant fruit and liquorice notes with toasty oak and a long, spicy finish. It is reminiscent of Crozes Hermitage without some of the gamey notes. Try with duck or  perhaps some sausages.

I have always enjoyed Paul Mas’s more expensive wines like this one and his Mas de Mas Pezenas but, unfortunately, it seems that they will no longer be exported to the UK, and there will be more concentration his cheaper wines and varietal styles. A great shame – we only have a few bottles left now!

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