Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2019

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  • Introduction

    • “La Chevalière,” or “the knight’s lady,” is a reference to “Mas La Chevalière,” literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the Laroche winery in southern France that was created by Michel Laroche. Surrounded by a wall, just like the “clos” enclosures in Burgundy, Mas La Chevalière is a place of history and character where the “jardins à la française” offer a Mediterranean accent.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Pinot Noir grapes come from our vineyard partners in 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 soils are varied, with clay and limestone predominant.

    • Viticulture: “Lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required); cordon pruning, fruit thinning and high trellising in the vineyards
    • Size: 30 hectares (74.13 acre)
    • Vine Age: 20 years old
    • Density: 4,000 vines per hectare (1,600 vines per acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2019 vintage in the South of France was out of the ordinary. The weather was very hot throughout the year and the lack of water was very significant during both Spring and Summer. However, the grapes which were perfectly healthy at harvest time, showed a nice acidity during the maturation process. The 2019 wines are very well balanced with very nice color and hue.

    • Harvest Date(s): Early September
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 12 days at 26° to 28°C (78° to 82°F) in stainless-steel tanks with daily pump overs to increase skin contact and aerate the wine
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Filtration: Bottled with minimum filtration to preserve the natural character of the wine
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 25,000 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 3.26g
    • p H: 3.53
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Bright ruby hue

      Aroma: Ripe and pulpy cherry aromas

      Taste: Juicy mouthfeel combined with supple, velvety tannins

      Aging Potential: 2 years