Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • “De La Chevalière,” or “of 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

    • The Pinot Noir grapes come from two distinct regions of the Languedoc: the Cévennes foothills in the northern Gard region (The Cévennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters, steep slopes covered in forests and jagged rock cliffs and ledges. More than a mountain chain, the Cévennes are in fact a multitude of many-sided open spaces which form the southern part of the Central Massif as it veers towards the Languedoc.); and from Limoux, in the hills south of Carcassonne in the western Languedoc, where the influence of a maritime climate provides cooler, fresher conditions. The soil is varied, with chalk, marl and schist predominant.

    • 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
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • 2011 was an excellent vintage in the South of France. Weather conditions were very fine, producing a high level of grape ripeness and exceptional balance of sugar and acidity. Cool temperatures at night in August and early September had a huge impact on the quality of aromas in the berries and, subsequently, in the wine. The wines will be very complex.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 12-20
    • Yields: 45 hl/ha (3.3 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 12 days at 26°-28°C (78°-82°F) in stainless-steel tanks with daily pump overs to increase skin contact and aerate the wine
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Aging: 6 months in stainless steel, no barrel aging
    • Filtration: Minimum filtration to preserve maximum natural character of the wine
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 26,000 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Pale ruby
      Aroma: Fresh red fruit with cherry overtones
      Taste: Elegant and harmonious structure with fine,  velvety tannins
      Aging Potential: 2-5 years



  • Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2011

    A pale ruby color and fresh red fruit aromas with cherry overtones. Elegant and harmonious structure with fine, velvety tannins.