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2018 Cote Mas Frisante, Piquepoul Chardonnay, Paul Mas, Sud de France

The nose reveals fresh aromas of citrus fruits, apple and pear with floral hints. It is very soft on the palate with a fine fruity fizz and a refreshing, clean finish.

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2018 Cote Mas Frisante, Piquepoul Chardonnay, Paul Mas, Sud de France

Producer background

Started in 1892 with 9 hectares of vines, by the 50’s this had expanded to 120 hectares in Montagnac. Now with fourth generation Jean-Claude in charge, the estate comprises 320 hectares over several appellations along with 800 hectares under contract for a négocient business. The Frisant is made from Picpoul with a dash of Chardonnay and makes a fine alternative to Prosecco.

Regional background

Languedoc-Roussillon is a large and diverse wine region in the south of France. It stretches from Nîmes and Montpellier in the east, around the Mediterranean to the Spanish border.
The term does not appear on wine labels, but has long been used by administrators, retailers, writers and other wine professionals. It groups together various appellations beyond the catch-all Côtes du Roussillon and Languedoc AOPs. It also includes more geographically focussed AOCs such as Minervois (and its subzones) or Banyuls.
Separating the terms Languedoc and Languedoc-Roussillon can be confusing. Over the centuries, the usage of “Languedoc” has included the Roussillon region, and more besides. In fact, between the Roman period and the Middle Ages, the territory of speakers of Occitan (the language of Oc / langue d’Oc) covered much of the southern half of what is now France.

Geography and culture separate the two parts. Languedoc is quintessentially French in character, belonging to the country since the 13th century. Roussillon was acquired from Spain in the 17th century, and shows clear influences of Spanish and Catalan culture.

About a quarter of all the wine-producing vines in France are located in Languedoc-Roussillon. They contribute to such diverse wines as the sparkling Blanquette de Limoux, the rich, sweet red wines of Banyuls, and the rosés of the Côtes du Roussillon.
Soil types and terroir vary across the region as much as the topography, making it hard to collectively describe them. Overall, it is a hot, dry region, with a definitively Mediterranean climate. While Languedoc’s vineyards are mostly located on coastal plains, those of Roussillon are either perched on cliff tops or nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees.   A large proportion of the land here is garrigue, the quintessential southern French landscape of dry, low-lying scrubland on limestone soils. There are also areas of slightly higher-altitude terrain in the far south and around the Montagne Noire in the north.

Languedoc-Roussillon is showing significant progress in the quality of its wines. Facing well priced New World competition, the rustic style of the region’s traditional wines could not ensure continued commercial success. Emerging styles, innovative producers and revived viticultural areas are now introducing fresh life.

1 review for 2018 Cote Mas Frisante, Piquepoul Chardonnay, Paul Mas, Sud de France

  1. tom westwood

    This is delicious! More rounded than prosecco and great value

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