Wine Variety: The origins of some grape varieties - the vast majority, indeed, of those used in the production of wine - are lost in the mists of time. Through DNA analysis we can learn of their parentage but not, with any certainty, where they originated and exactly when. So writing about Marselan is something of a breath of fresh air, since we know all about it. Marselan is a crossing of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Grenache made in 1961 by a man named Paul Truel at a research institute in Montpellier. Initially overlooked due to it not yielding a great deal of fruit, it is now becoming increasingly popular due to its disease resistance and, of course, the high quality of the wine it produces.
Wine Region: The Languedoc lies in south central France. Taking in the three départments of Aube, Hérault and Gard, it stretches from the Rhône in the east to the Roussillon (with which it is often associated) in the west. Here are planted something like a quarter of all French vineyards. Much of the wine produced here is non-AC i.e. the region is responsible for a great deal of what the Americans would call “jug wine”. Residents of the region at one time spoke Occitan, hence the name Langue d'Oc.
Wine Producer: A large vineyard this, with some 155 hectares under vine. The Domaine la Provenquière estate was founded in the 15th century but substantially remodeled by Paul Teissonière, Councilor of Napoleon III, who acquired it in 1860. It is named for its 18th century owner Jean Provenquier, Marquis de Puisserquier. Domaine la Provenquière was sold to Achille Robert in 1954 and his grandchildren now run the estate.
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Medium-deep blue-tinged ruby colour. Nose is clean, showing a savoury character, along with red fruit, largely cherry, that smells fresh. Strawberry mixes in, and there’s a wisp of something floral. Nice purity. No massive weight here: it’s medium weight at most. The fruit has a silky texture, the backing tannins are well managed, piquant-fresh and clean. And there’s length here. It’s a wine one could chill to great effect, I feel. Red snappy fruit. Lively and refreshing red. Good summer drinking.
#3wordtastingnote: fresh, silky, strawberry
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