Chateau Des Cres Ricards Marsanne - Roussanne 2018  £11.95

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This Estate was created in 1960, at the place known as Crès Ricards, in the village of Cyrus. In 2010 Jean- Claude Mas acquired the 27 ha (69 acres) belonging to the Châteaux, extending the estate to 42 ha in 2013. He was fascinated by the fantastic terroir of the Terrasses du Larzac, which produces silky wines with intense flavours. At the foot of the Mont Baudile, this vineyard offers unique geography, with its red earth, shale and pebbles. Yields are low, strict grape selection and carbonic maceration produce generous wines. In 2012, Jean-Claude Mas extended the vineyards, which now represent 39 hectares.

The vinification process is destemming, no skin contact, racking at 10°C, pneumatic press. 15% of the wine makes the fermentation in French oak barrel for 1 month at 16°C. The remaining make the fermentation in stainless steel with selected yeast.

This creates a wine that has a Limpid, clear and shining colour in the glass and a nose that is elegant, both fresh and very expressive, with floral and fruity notes. This transfers beautifully onto the palate as rich and fresh, passion fruit, white flowers and honeysuckle flavours. Wonderful and very long finish revealing vanilla and apricot notes. Serve at 10/12°C, this wine is enjoyable as before dinner, but very tasty as well with seafood, fishes, poultries, salads, blue cheeses….

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