Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Cabernet Sauvignon, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2014

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  • Introduction

    • “La Chevalière,” or “the knight’s lady,” is a reference to “Mas La Chevalière” which is literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the Laroche winery in southern France where this wine is produced.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Béziers is located in the center of the Languedoc region, just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the Mediterranean. Vineyard orientation is south and east; the soil is predominantly clay and limestone, elevation 200 meters (656 feet)
    • Appellation: Pays d’Oc IGP (Indication Geographique Protegée)
    • Cultivation: “Lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required); cordon pruning, fruit thinning and high trellising in the vineyards
    • Size: Purchased grapes, vineyard size varies based on source/location
    • Vine Age: 20 years
    • Soil: Varied, with clay and limestone predominant
    • Density: 4,000 vines per hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • This year the grape varieties benefited from a dry summer without any heat wave. These climatic conditions combined with a picking date that was normal and seasonal, have resulted in a beautiful harvest of ripe grapes. 2014 wines are well balanced with outstanding complexity.

    • Harvest Date(s): End of September
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Whole bunches pressed in pneumatic press under protective conditions, then settling at 12° to 15°C (53° to 59°F) for 24 hours; 12 days of fermentation
    • Malolactic: None
    • Aging: 6 months in stainless steel, no barrel aging
    • Filtration: Minimum filtration to preserve maximum natural character
    • Bottled: Under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Dark ruby color
      Aroma: Intense nose offering pungent black currant and subtle herbal tones
      Taste: Intense fruit concentration laced with developed tannic structure; good intensity and nice, juicy mouthfeel
      Aging Potential: 2 years