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2021 Monts de la Grage Blanc

Mas Champart
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Here is a rare white from a vineyard of pure limestone rubble planted in 1900 to Terret and Grenache Gris. Once valued for its productivity, Terret has an unfortunate history of being overcropped in the Languedoc’s fertile flatlands, and few plantings remain today. These ancient hillside vines, on the other hand, yield very little, giving an intensely concentrated juice with great acidity and a textured finish.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Terret, 30% Grenache Gris
Appellation: Monts de la Grage
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Mas Champart
Winemaker: Isabelle & Matthieu Champart
Vineyard: 1 ha, Terret planted in 1900, Grenache Gris 70 years old
Soil: Limestone
Aging: Aged 8 months in barrel, then 2-3 months in tank before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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