Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2021

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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

    • 2021 was a vintage that kept the promises of producing a satisfying state of the crop, despite a particular year. This vintage has been marked by spring frost, resulting in significant disparities among plots and a decrease in the harvest volume. The summer months recorded moderate temperatures, without excessive heat during the day, with mild cool nights. The harvest began on August 18th, which is considered a slightly later ripening period of the grapes in comparison to previous vintages. The first juices immediately unveiled great acidity and a high aromatic profile, which was confirmed during the winemaking process.

    • 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 2020 vintage was a year with an exceptionally rainy spring which evolved into a warm summer. There were a few days with temperatures above 30°C. From the end of June, the rain subsided, and the presence of wind helped to reduce the pressure of mildew. The rains at the end of August and the temperature differences between day and night were favorable to the phenolic ripening of the reds. The vintage will be balanced for both the whites and reds, with a particularly good ripeness on the Pinot Noir

    • Harvest Date(s): End of August
  • 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% MLF
    • Aging: 6 months in stainless steel, no barrel aging
    • Filtration: Bottled with minimum filtration to preserve the natural character of the wine
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright ruby color. Ripe and pulpy cherry aroma on the nose. Juicy mouthfeel combined with supple, velvety tannins.

    • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy it with salt crust baked chicken, stuffed mushrooms or soft cheese.