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Provence tasting notes

text and photographs © 2011 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on The Wines of Provence.


Mas de Cadenet's wines are imported into the UK by Charles Hawkins. See all UK stockists on

Mas de Cadenet Rosé de Provence Sainte Victoire 2010
Composed of 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah, this has a discrete, gravelly nose. Lovely mineral dryness and plenty of slatey, herby quality. The palate too is dry and savoury, with just a hint of luscious sweet berries, but it is spice and earthiness that drives this. 89/100.

Famille Negrel Rosé de Provence Saint Victoire 2010
There is less Cinsault in this cuvée and more Syrah. Lovely freshness. A little more lively aromatically than the Mas de Cadenet. The palate has more berry fruit, traded for some of the mineral complexity, but a delicious mouth-watering core of acidity and freshness despite the easy drinking charm. 88/100. In Majestic.

Mas de Cadenet Rouge de Provence Sainte Victoire 2009
Grenache and Syrah with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, aged eight months in old foudres (large wooden barrels), this has a slightly animal nose but then ripe, rich berry fruit and just a touch of leathery, bretty medicinal notes spoiling the picture. The palate is a touch stripped by the brett too, the fruit silky and tannins soft, but all just a little suppressed. 85/100.

Mas Negrel Cadenet Rouge de Provence Sainte Victoire 2007
The top wine, 10,000 bottles of which are made, from a selection of the oldest vines. It is the same blend as the Mas de Cadenet but aged 12 months in barriques, one third new. Lovely nose: still that little gamy and leathery note, but now melding with cedar and smoke and a really rich berry fruit. The palate is really rich and mouth-filling, much more fruit and a solid, creamy texture, the spicy, rich tannins and good acidity adding structure. Great depth and conviction here and age worthiness. 91/100.

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