Mas des Bressades

2013 Cuvee Tradition Red Blend

Costieres de Nimes France

$15.49

Mas des Bressades is regarded as one of the finest domaines of the Costeries de Nimes.  With six generations of viticultural heritage preceding him, Roger Mares bought the lovely estate in the Provencal village of Manduel in 1964.  Today, Roger's son, Cyril, directs the domaine and crafts their elegant wines while his cousin, Alix, manages the estate.  Cyril was born in Nimes and grew up with an intimate knowledge of the vineyards and orchards.  After finishing his studies in agronomy, viticulture and enology in Montpelier in 1994, he traveled the world, interning at California's Chalone Vineyards and under Bordeaux wine legends Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier in Chile.  Cyril returned home in 1996 to make wine for his own family with a new-found zeal for quality.  In 1998, he married the girl next door, Nathalie Blanc of Mas Carlot, and the two have since become leading figures in the appellation, each in charge of his and her family's domaine. 

This rich blend of Syrah and Grenache is an unoaked wine that consists of roughly equal parts of the two varietals.  This wine shows extraordinary aromas of blueberry and black currant as well as garrigue (the French word for "scrub land") that are followed by complex flavors of ripe berry fruit, leather and black pepper with moderately firm tannins.  14% ABV HWG