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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Paul Mas tasting and dinner May 22/13
The Date and Time: Wed May 22, 2013
The Event: Tasting dinner with Jean-Claude Mas, owner and winemaker at Les Domaines Paul Mas.
The Venue: Woods Restaurant, Colborne Street
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: the Cabernet Merlot is available at the LCBO (+293134 GL) for $14.95 (the now-twist top 2012 is $13.95 in July). Others are coming.
The Quote/Background: Jean-Claude spoke to the history of the Mas estate and their philosophy of good value. The currently listed Cab Merlot comes from Conas and Nicole in the Languedoc. The Clos des Mures, which is a GSM (or rather an SGM), has southern Rhone tones,
and uses grapes from older vines just south of Herault.
The Wines: We tasted wines in flights and with the dinner.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc 85% syrah
-Paul Mas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 Pays d'Oc
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price
-Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc
-Chateau Paul Mas Clos des Mures 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc
-Paul Mas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011 Pays d'Oc
-Paul Mas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 Pays d'Oc
-Chateau Paul Mas Belluguette 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc
-Chateau Paul Mas Clos du Moulinas 2011
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (twist top) Reception wine
The Food: Appetizer yellowfin tuna tartare with apple puree and baby fennel (Chateau Martinolles Limoux Blanc 2011, all chardonnay and yummy); Fish wild digby scallops with parsnip puree and corned beef cheek, a sort of surf and turf (Chateau Paul Mas Belluguette Blanc 2012, very fruity with 40% vermentino); Meat roasted muscovy duck breast crispy confit and dried cherries (Chateau Paul Mas Clos de Savignac 2011 and Chateau Paul Mas Clos du Moulinas 2011 both earthy and rich); Artisanal Local Cheeses (Chateau Cres Ricards Oenothera 2011)
The Downside: occasional cigarette smoke from outside was vented into the room.
The Upside: a chance at a new restaurant and to meet Jean-Claude Mas