This is the second wine we have featured from this estate, capably run by Nathalie Blanc-Marès. Located in the village of Bellegarde, west of the Rhône River, the winery was built in the 1960s by her parents from a seventeenth century farmhouse. The vineyards were planted around the same time and today produce the traditional white Rhône varietals, represented in this bottling by Roussanne (60%), Marsanne (30%) and Viognier (10%). After harvest, the grapes are crushed, fermented and left to age sur lie in tank. This adds a smooth, lush texture to the wine. We tasted a mélange of honeysuckle, lemon/lime, and mineral components on the palate. A medium bodied wine that tastes good very cold will liven up any backyard barbecue.
|Wine maker notes
|The vineyards were planted in the 1950’s and 1960’sto the current varietals. The vines are trained using a system called Cordon de Royat, which helps maintain lower fruit production. Mas Carlot limits yields to around 45hl/ha, which is one-third below what the appellation allows. Nathalie likes to wait during harvest - picking late to obtain the maximum maturity for each grape varietal.
Mas Carlot has 20 hectares planted to white varietals. The Marsanne-Roussanne is made of 50% Marsanne from 25 year-old vines and 50% Roussanne. The wine is aged sur lie in tank after fermentation. This wine reveals abundant quantities of minerals, orange blossom, pineapple and citrus presented in a medium-bodied, fresh, lively style.