Mas de Valeriole 2021 'Ve' Mediterranee IGP
Item Number: 17031
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Mediterranee IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 70% Caladoc / %15 Merlot / 15% Marselan
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Sand and loam
Wine Notes: "Vé"—a local Provençal expression meaning "Look at that!"—is a blend of 70% Caladoc (a crossing of Grenache and Malbec), 15% Merlot, and 15% Marselan (a crossing of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon) from soils of sand and loam. Clocking in at a modest level of alcohol, it offers bright, salt-tinged flavors of raspberry and ripe citrus fruits, with a sneakily long finish given its modest price.
Winery Notes: Just ten miles due south of Arles, the Michel family stewards the lovely Mas de Valériole, a 45-hectare estate founded in the early 15th century and purchased by the Michels in the late 1950s. Around the turn of the century, brothers Jean-Paul and Patrick Michel focused their energies on improving the estate’s wines, adopting organic viticulture practices in 2006 (certified today) and refining their approach in the cellar. A reliably steady wind blowing in from the Mediterranean mitigates the Provence heat, facilitating their chemical-free approach to farming.Today, the next generation is beginning to assume greater responsibilities, and there are exciting projects in the pipeline here. and ensuring modest alcohol levels for the wines.