Mas Des Bressades "Les Vignes de Mon Père" 2014

Mas Des Bressades "Les Vignes de Mon Père" 2014

Sixth generation vintner Cyril Mares’ Domaine Mas des Bressades is regarded as one of the finest estates in the Southern Rhone’s rising star region, Costières de Nîmes.
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Opaque black in the glass and initially reticent, it blossoms with air into a surprisingly elevated nose of high-toned licorice and violet, wrapped around tarry blackberry/blackcurrant, spicy plum, and smoky vanilla – as if someone had taken Howell Mountain and transplanted it to Bordeaux. What? I guess what I am trying to say is that while the the Mon Père has a similar “aromatic” profile to our recent Howell Mountain release, it’s definitely more Bordelaise (read “dryer”), with more violet than sweet blossom, more blackcurrant than blackberry. Totally stacked, however, and in addition to its power now this wine will become wonderfully complex and ethereal with time in the bottle. The finish is pure Bordeaux, with sweeping dark fruit and powerful tannins in a long and nuanced finish that suggests a long and very interesting life ahead.
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Sixth generation vintner Cyril Mares’ Domaine Mas des Bressades is regarded as one of the finest estates in the Southern Rhone’s rising star region, Costières de Nîmes. His flagship bottling, Les Vignes de Mon Père (the vines of my father) is an homage to his father Roger’s foresight in not just planting new Cabernet vines, but for keeping the now over 70-years-old Cabernet vines that were already there. Cropped in at the equivalent of less than two-and-a-half tons to the acre, this blend of 70-year-old vine Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and 40-year-old vine Syrah (30%) is aged in 100% new French oak for 12-months, beautifully combining the power of Cabernet Sauvignon with the elegance and structure of Syrah.

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