>> Monday, January 19, 2009
Martine Pagès and Christophe Molinier are both trained oenologists. They run this 50 ha family property in the Corbières in Languedoc. They have 10 ha in the sub-appellation Boutenac with its stony soil. They took over the responsibility for the property in 1996 and immediately started a restructuring of the estate to improve the quality of the wines. They planted syrah and mourvèdre (adding to the 50-80 year old carignan and grenache they had) and started reducing the yields. They have developed a range of Vin de Pays wines (viognier, chardonnay, merlot) and AOC Corbières rose and red. The wines are very well made and very reasonably priced. Mazerac Corbières 2005 is concentrated with aromas of vanilla, cocoa and dried figs (8 euro). The Viognier 2006 is excellent, flowery, full-bodied with aromas of apricot (5 euro), and Roc Long Corbières 2006 has the typical garrigue expression (herbs and spices) with ripe fruit but retaining a fresh acidity (6 euro).
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