"Luxe Rural is my personal philosophy. It is about finding pleasure from what you see and hear around you. Things don't have to be very expensive, in fact it can be something as simple as a perfectly ripe peach or a beautiful view." - Jean-Claude Mas
Despite his ooh la la status as a 4th generation vintner with more than 550 hectares of vineyards in the south of France's Languedoc region, Jean-Claude Mas's humble philosophy of "Luxe Rural" guides him every step of the way. An authentic appreciation of life and nature's simple pleasures is the soul of Domaines Paul Mas and is beautifully reflected in their old world wines with new world style.
I was first introduced to Jean-Claude and Domaines Paul Mas wines in 2013 and greatly enjoyed the vibrancy and authenticity of his wines. Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Jean-Claude at a tasting in New York City and it was a pleasure to sip through his wines again - the sparkling wines were especially appropriate for a muggy Manhattan day. I agree with Jean-Claude wholeheartedly when he says that "you can have fun with sparkling wine without spending a fortune."
Côté Mas Cremant de Limoux Brut NV St. Hilaire ($18.99)
(60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, $10% Pinot Noir, 10% Mauzac)
Made in the traditional champagne method, this sparkling wine has fine bubbles and a subtle brioche aroma with lovely flavors of lime, honey, pear, and a touch of minerality. Versatile enough to pair with poultry, seafood, salads or just because you feel like sipping bubbly!
Côté Mas Cremant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV St. Hilaire ($18.99)
(70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir)
Sometimes people choose rosé just because the color is so pretty but it should also be delicious - Côté Mas Cremant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV St. Hilaire has style and substance. This is a zippy and refreshing dry sip with lovely flavors of grapefruit and pomegranate. Pairs well with a variety of foods and daydreams of the south of France!
If you're planning a trip to Languedoc, Côté Mas welcomes guests at their restaurant and tasting room.
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