Les Coteaux is a 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre blend, from vines that average 20 years of age. The fruit comes from selected plots about halfway up the hillsides of the estate.
Peat, blond tobacco, rosemary, kirsch, plum paste and black raspberry preserves on the nose of Mas Belles Eaux's 2008 Languedoc Les Coteaux presage...
Peat, blond tobacco, rosemary, kirsch, plum paste and black raspberry preserves on the nose of Mas Belles Eaux's 2008 Languedoc Les Coteaux presage a comparable complexity on a firm but juicy palate suffused with a mixture of salt, iodine, crushed stone, cherry pit, rosemary oil, and smoky black tea, all reflecting the sort of diversity and pronounced mineral nature of flavors from Caux soils. The resinous aspect of the finish here doesn't obscure the purity of berry fruit or keep the wine from delivering energy and genuine refreshment - on the contrary, it's part of the invigoration. I suspect that this outstanding value will continue to reward attention for at least 3-4 more years.
The Mas Belles Eaux wines come from two vineyards at the estate: the Mas Belles Eaux vineyard, which is planted to Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre...
The Mas Belles Eaux wines come from two vineyards at the estate: the Mas Belles Eaux vineyard, which is planted to Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and old Carignan on mid-slope alluvial terraces made of gritty clay; and the Sainte H l ne vineyard, which is also planted to Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and old Carignan, but on argilo-calcareous terraces with villafranchien gravel. These two vineyards stretch over 200 acres of sun-blessed hillsides that are bathed in light and benefit from variations in topsoils and subsoils, and have fantastic natural drainage. In addition, winds come down the slopes, drying and cooling the grapes. After just two vintages, the wines being produced at the Mas Belles Eaux estate are already considered some of the finest in the appellation.