d'A Marsanne, Domaine Astruc, LanguedocDomaines Paul Mas
Country : France
Grape Variety : Marsanne
A smooth and exotically honeyed white from Southern France's Marsanne grape. Succulent stone fruit and tropical flavours, with a light, refreshing acidity on the finish. Not a grape variety you come across very often, and definitely worth a try.
Tasting Note : Floral notes, with honey and hints of spice on the nose. The palate is smooth and exotic, with flavours of orange peel, peaches and pear, with a touch of nuttiness. The finish is dry and refreshing.
Food Pairing : Seafood stew; Thai green curry; smoked salmon salad; ripe camembert.
More info : Marsanne is a grape variety widely grown in the Rhone Valley, where it is often blended with Roussanne to produce silky, exotically-flavoured whites. Plantings now extend throughout Southern France, where the warm, Mediterranean climate helps this difficult grape to ripen well. Winemaker, Jean-Claude Mas, selects the most suitable plots on the Domaine Astruc vineyards to grow his Marsanne vines, where they benefit from a long ripening period and maximum sun exposure.
Winery : Established in 1862 when Jean Astruc purchased 12 hectares of vines in the relatively cool Limoux area in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Domaine Astruc has been continuously developed over the years. In 2002 the estate was acquired by Jean-Claude Mas, one of the Languedoc's pioneering winemakers, who has worked tirelessly to bring this area back to its former wine producing glory. In winemaking terms Jean-Claude is a bit of a rock star. His wines are modern and ground-breaking, and part of a new wave of clean, fresh, well balanced examples which reflect their terroir whilst appealing to the modern palate.