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Every vineyard has its own unique story to tell. We put the questions to a distinguished winemaker from France.

Interview with Jean-Claude Mas (Winemaker)

Q. How do your vineyards differ from those in other wine-producing regions of the world?

A. Vineyards have been in the Languedoc for over 2,500 years, so we know very well how our soils behave – we understand the patchwork of the different geological components. Because of this diversity of soils and micro climate we can grow almost all varieties.

Q. In your opinion, are the new European wine laws going to help or hinder wine production in the Languedoc?

A. Definitively help. They enable us to compete with the New World with the same laws: Vin de France with varietals and vintage. These laws have also simplified the red tape. Let’s hope we don’t try to get that back like it is often the case in France.

Q. If you could have a vineyard anywhere else in the world where would it be and why?

A. Somewhere in China assuming I find the right location, nearby Dalian. This is where the New World will happen 10 years from now.

Q. Is there ever a day when you don’t really feel like having a glass of wine?

A. Yes, when I am sick, then I drink water.

Q. Can you recommend your favourite food matches with your wines?

A. As I wish to offer some kind of fusion between Old World and New World in my wine, I would choose French/Asian fusion food cooked by Japanese chefs. Sea bass tartar with soft spices and truffle with my Chardonnay-Viognier; Tataki of scallops with my Sauvignon; brochette of cepe mushrooms and slow-cooked beef filets with my Cabernet Merlot; and roasted duck breast in peppery red berry sauce with my Cabernet.

‘Cabernet de Cabernet’ 2008, Paul Mas, Vin de Pays d’Oc
£7.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

This 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is a complex mix of differently finished wines. Blackberry, blueberry and roasted pepper characters sit well in a full-bodied, soft red with acres of character.

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 2008, Vin de Pays d’Oc
£8.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

A rich, mellow Marsanne with white flower and hazelnut aromas alongside delicious pear and honey flavours. Perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.

Paul Mas Estate Viognier ‘Nicole Vineyard’ 2009, Vin de Pays d’Oc New!
£8.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

The emphasis here is firmly on freshness, with characteristic peach and floral notes taking centre stage and vanilla and honey touches adding very subtle embellishments.

Paul Mas Estate Syrah Viognier ‘Nicole Vineyard’ 2008, Vin de Pays d’Oc New!
£8.99 or £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles*

A rich, full-bodied Languedoc interpretation of the famous Côte Rotie blend, traditionally vinified by fermenting Syrah with 5% Viognier for a more harmonious wine.

*All prices valid until 26th April 2010

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