A newly developed, unusual grape variety: marselan (Mas du Notaire, Rhone)

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marselan recently planted vines vineyard mas du notaire rhone france

[Marselan, which is the correct spelling, is a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache developed in the 1960 with the hope of combining the heat resistant qualities of the grenache with the aromas of cabernet sauvignon.]


Mas du Notaire, Costières de Nîmes, Rhône, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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The Mas du Notaire is a winery in the Costieres de Nimes region in the southern Rhone Valley in France. It borders on the Languedoc and is in the Camargues, close to the Mediterranean Sea. The winery is the property of the Rambier family (Maryse, Jean-Pierre, Mireille and Henri-Pierre) who also owns the Domaine Haut Lirou in Pic Saint Loup in the Languedoc. It is not by chance that it is called Mas du Notaire - the family business is being property notaries.

The Mas du Notaire wine estate has 30 hectares of vineyards planted with a variety of grape varieties typical for the south: syrah, grenache, marsanne and others. They have also planted a recently developed crossing called marselan. Winemaking is quite classic, with long maceration in temperature controlled fermentation vats. Some of the wines spend time in oak barrels, some of which may be new.

The Mas du Notaire makes several different wines: a rosé and a red, made mainly from mourvèdre, grenache and syrah; a cuvée called Maître (the official way of addressing a notary or lawyer) which is a red wine made from mourvèdre, grenache and syrah; and a blend called Mon Acte (which also happens to be a technical legal term) dominated by syrah with some grenache and mourvèdre.


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Rhone Costieres de Nimes Mas du Notaire - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson

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