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Le Mas de l'Ecriture Coteaux du Languedoc l'Écriture 2001

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L'Ecriture 2001 tasted in January 07 was showing an intense nose of dark fruits, meat, smoke, vanilla. The medium to full bodied wine had a good mineral character and ripe blackberries on the palate and was nearly mature to drink. The balance was very good. Lenght was about 8 secs.

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Le Mas de L'Ecriture:
Our vineyards are in the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, a short drive north of the capital city of Montpellier, on the outskirts of a small village - Jonquières. We are in Coteaux du Languedoc country, and have the honour of working within the Terrasses du Larzac appellation. The domaine sits at the foot of the Larzac plateau; The soil here is stony, sandy-clay beneath Jurassic... Read more
Our vineyards are in the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, a short drive north of the capital city of Montpellier, on the outskirts of a small village - Jonquières. We are in Coteaux du Languedoc country, and have the honour of working within the Terrasses du Larzac appellation. The domaine sits at the foot of the Larzac plateau; The soil here is stony, sandy-clay beneath Jurassic limestone, and characterized by the exceptional quality of its drainage, which forces the vines to put down deep roots and gives us the potential to make wines with a distinct sense of place. It is not unusual to find fossilized oysters and mussels amongst the vines − witness to a time when the waters of the Mediterranean washed over this land. Writing in Decanter, Andrew Jefford described the Terrasses du Larzac as “the Languedoc of everyone’s retirement dreams: open, uncluttered countryside where the fennel plants sway idly by the roadside, where olive trees mark property boundaries… the terraces themselves tend to be limestone rubble weathered from the Causse above… the vineyards laid out like picnic rugs on those pale stones give way, as the hills rise, to scrubby forests patrolled by boar.“ What I particularly appreciate about our soils are their quality and diversity. Some have been transplanted as a result of movement of the earth’s crust. I have spent more than ten years getting to know my various plots, and have noticed subtle but important differences, which I use to my advantage. For example, I have a 1.5 hectare plot of Syrah vines growing on a unique soil studded with quartz, sandstone and silica, which allows this particular grape variety to express itself with amazing subtlety and finesse. In comparison, I have two hectares of Syrah planted on mainly clay soil, which brings concentration and freshness. At Le Mas de l’Ecriture, we refine our winemaking by drilling down to the detail. Each plot is harvested, vinified and aged separately. It is only at the end of this process that I blend my wines. To be able to work with such varied terroir - and such precision - is a real joy; I consider myself lucky to have so many possibilities. Read less

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Snooth User: CrimsonAroma
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02/11/2008

L'Ecriture 2001 tasted in January 07 was showing an intense nose of dark fruits, meat, smoke, vanilla. The medium to full bodied wine had a good mineral character and ripe blackberries on the palate and was nearly mature to drink. The balance was very good. Lenght was about 8 secs.




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