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16/20 - Jancis Robinson
88 pts - Decanter
Gold Medal
Languedoc-Roussillon Best
Wines Contest 2015
Bronze Medal
Decanter 2016 Wine Awards
Silver Medal
Languedoc-Roussillon Best
WInes Contest 2016

Les Petits Pas

Le Petit Pas Rouge

Our very old white grape vines are located around the Mas and in the town of St Paul de Fenouillet. These old Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Macabeu are planted in soil made up of limestone and shale shards; our soil tends to restrict the vines' growth, and the resulting low yields give wines with a strong mineral expression.
  • Variety

    60% Grenache noir - 20% Syrah - 10% Carignan - 10% Mourvèdre These 4 grape varieties are typical from the French Mediterranean basin. The Syrah brings spicy notes, and a rich, velvety structure. The Grenache, the fruit forward aromatic and the smooth mouth feel. Whereas the Carignan and the Mourvedre bring freshness and a long mouth feel.

  • Location

    The Côtes du Roussillon AOP was established in 1977. It comprises no more than 3000 ha of very steep hillsides with schist, granite and limestone soils. Our vines are located around the village of Maury, at the foot of a cliff dominated by the Chateau de Quéribus (Cathar castle) on soils resulting from the erosion of the Corbières Massif.

  • Tasting notes

    Beautiful garnet red colour. Intense, elegant nose with notes of fresh fruit mixed with spices, gradually developing hints of liquorice and smoke. On the palate, the intense flavours mingle with a smooth structure, and plump, well-integrated tannins. Good length and freshness make this a pleasant, very drinkable wine.

  • The Vintage

    The 2016 harvests were characterized by fairly intense weather conditions at Mas Janeil in Roussillon and at Château des Erles a little more to the east. In the Languedoc- Roussillon, the winter was milder than usual, but less sunny. Spring arrived two weeks early and temperatures in the Roussillon region rose above 25°C on 11 March. After a sunny summer and two heat waves, the harvest was slightly early for the white grapes, in optimal conditions. High temperatures led us to increase the frequency of ripeness testing for the grapes, in order to pick them at the aromatic peak, with the optimal balance between acidity and sugars.

  • Suggestions

    Grilled meats, Bolognese pasta, mature Comté red fruit salad.

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