I am a huge fan of the Languedoc. It’s a region that possesses some serious terroirs, and where winegrowers have the motivation, they can use these to make serious wines that usually represent great value for money. The potential of the Languedoc has attracted the attention of larger wine companies: AXA Millesimes purchased Mas Belles Eaux in 2002, with a view to working their magic there.
I suspect it has been a longer journey than they had anticipated. Most of the wines have been very good but not great. With this 2011, from their best terroirs, I think they are beginning to hit their stride.
Mas Belles Eaux Sainte Helene 2011 Languedoc, France
A blend of Syrah and Grenache. Ripe, sweet, spicy and meaty with nice freshness and definition, as well as some mineral notes. Tar, herb and liquorice characters add complexity, and the tannins are attractively grippy, with blackberry and plum fruit dominating. Good concentration. 92/100
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