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2022 Saint-Chinian Rosé

Mas Champart
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During my trip to the Languedoc last fall, the number of outstanding bottles I tasted made it clear—once again—that the region is underappreciated for the quality of its wines, and unrivaled in their value. Visiting Mas Champart in Saint-Chinian drove the point home poignantly: with outstanding terroir expressed in all three colors, including serious, age-worthy gems, this appellation is truly a treasure hiding in the shadow of its more prestigious Provençal and Rhône neighbors. The sponge-like rocky limestone terroir provide the vines with water in periods of drought—crucial in this hot, dry, wind-whipped climate. The resulting mineral freshness is the trademark of Mas Champarts’ wines, along with a southern generosity and the inimitable aromatic footprint of the wild garrigue surrounding the vineyards. Mourvèdre thrives in these conditions, and this noble Mediterranean grape features prominently in their Saint Chinian rosé.
     Hand-harvested, spontaneously fermented rosés are a rare breed nowadays, but this bright, fleshy example has the herbal complexity and refreshing crispness to match many a Bandol—at a fraction of the price. Garrigue abounds: rosemary, thyme, lavender, and many more divine scents make Mas Champart’s rosé intriguing, refreshing, and, most important, delicious. Just as a bottle of this can be inexplicably drained in no time, our stock will disappear before we know it, so we recommend foresight in planning your future rosé consumption.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 65% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault, 5% Syrah
Appellation: Saint-Chinian
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Mas Champart
Vineyard: Cinsault: 50 years, Mourvèdre: 25 years
Soil: Marl, Limestone
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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