Mas Belles Eaux is the Languedoc outpost of AXAs wine empire. Christian Seely was captivated by the potential of the terroirs here, and since 2002 has invested heavily in the property, which is situated in Caux, near Pézenas. A new winery was built and has been in operation since the 2008 vintage. This is a property still finding its feet, but I really like the understated, elegant direction the wines are taking: you won’t find late-picked, dead fruit wines here, or lashings of new oak – something that sometimes happens when Bordeaux guys get involved in warm climate winemaking.
Mas Belles Eaux Mourvèdre 2009 Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
13% alcohol. Assertive and spicy, with vivid berry fruits and a savoury streak onn the nose. Sweetly fruited palate with some herby notes, as well as some tar and pepper. Lively, grippy and taut with lovely freshness. There’s potential for development here: the wine improves after a day and holds up well over three. 88/100 (£14.99 Bennetts Fine Wines, Robin Greatorex Wines, Noel Young Wines, Vin Neuf, Lockett Bros, Aitken Wines, Slurp.co.uk)
Mas Belles Eaux Vieux Carignan 2010 Vin de Pays de Caux, France
13.5% alcohol. From vines at least 60 years old. Juicy, bright and fresh with nice cherry and plum fruit. Ripe but still fresh, showing a supple, highly drinkable personality. Lacking a little complexity, but deliciously balanced with nice acidity. 89/100 (£14.99 Bennetts Fine Wines, Noel Young Wines, Vin Neuf, Halifax Wine Company, Lockett Bros, Aitken Wines, Slurp.co.uk)
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