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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

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

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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