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Mas De Gourgonnier

Provence
Luc, Lucienne, and Luc's brother Frédéric Cartier are the proprietors of a 47 hectare farm in one of the most picturesque places in France at the base of the ancient cliff-hanging city of Les Baux.

The small "Mas" (old "Oc" language for a fortified farm) that this family operates is completely organic and they are known not only for their wine, but also their honey, olives, apricots, and olive oil.

The vineyard soils are said to be infused with the scent and taste of the local vegetation collectively refered to as "garrigue" and is a combination of rosemary, sage, lavender, olive, and a scrubby flowering plant known as cistes.
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Mas de Gourgonnier Rouge 2011 
Characteristics: Mas de Gourgonnier 2011 Rouge, Les Baux de Provence AOC | Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre –a blend all its own and unique to this little pocket of France | The Cartier family and The Wine Company go way back from the salad days of the original Loring and the New French Café through every bistro and fine restaurant at one point or another and now their traditional Les Baux de Provence stands proud as one of the best and appetizing red wines such money can buy. Still bottled in the regional squat bottle (only two remain that hold onto the old flask), this is a house built on centuries of tradition –which means they always have and remain wary of chemical or synthetic fertilizers and are leaders in their organic approach to viticulture –an ethos of a region that almost became the first wholly organic AOC had the INAO not put an end to their best intentions.

From a land defined by the relentless Mistral winds that whip and howl at a constant pitch, it was once paved in olive orchards and remains home to quite a few trees; perhaps this fragrant red should come as no surprise as bearing green olive overtones, a floral garrigue of lavender, a deep harmony of dark fruits of the forest and a woodsy finish –almost piney. Few reds at any price suit the table so well and none hold a person enrapt with ripe fruit and savory complexity that compliments the whole –at times quietly venturing toward the meat pan juice notes of Syrah, the cassis of Cabernet Sauvignon, the plush blush of Grenache, and then the floral Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsault.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, January 30, 2014 (Nether)
Origin: France - Provence
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $18.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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