A rich and complex aroma with a nice balance of creamy and spicy oak with ripe fruits, fairly solid and straightforward. Not quite as elegant as its big brother, but a lovely and powerful wine. Dark and dense with violets, vanilla and black currants.
Mas des Etoiles was created by two winemaking friends, Arnaud BLADINIERES and David LIORIT. The estate is located in the heart of Cahors and is divided into 1 hectare of Blanc (Chardonnay and Sauvignon) Cotes du Lot and 4 hectares of Red (Malbec) in AOP Cahors. Their wines even impress the Bordelais which is no mean feat!
|Food Pairing||Serve with duck breasts, cassoulet or stuffed cabbage|
|Winemaker||Arnaud Bladinieres and David Liorit|
|Producer||Mas Des Etoiles|
|Ageing Potential||5-10 years|
Mas des Étoiles is a collaboration of two vignerons, Arnaud Bladinières and David Liorit, who have planted a hectare of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and 4 hectares of malbec in Cahors in south western France. There is so much good (and often powerful) malbec coming from Mendoza these days, that it is interesting to check in on its progress in its home neighbourhood in Cahors in south western France. Just looking at the map created a pang of desire on my part to return to this beautiful region.
The 2010 vintage here is deeply coloured and has aromatics of mulberry, roast meats and anise. The palate is full bodied, with its expression of mulberry, plum and fine grained tannins in balance. There's a savoury complexity and texture on the palate not usually seen in the more pure fruited Mendoza versions. That said, the fruit in this wine too is ripe in expression and there is an identifiable bridge between this and the Mendoza style of malbec. In all, there is quite a lot of interest here for $29 and this wine is easy to recommend. (Sean Mitchell www.grapeobserver.com)