Spring Forward!

Mas Peyrolle – FINALMENTE 2013 – Marsanne, Roussanne, Vermentino, AOC Languedoc – 12.5% – Clifton Cellars, Grape Opportunities

Nestled quietly in the hills around Montpellier resides a young wine maker, producing outstanding wines. In the Village of Vacquières, in the Appelation of Pic St Loup, Jean Baptiste Peyrolle follows in the footsteps of his Father and his Grandfather before him. JB produces wines which are elegant and complex, others are reviewed on this blog.

With the onset of spring, the change in cuisine, and the longing for the lighter longer evenings, I have chosen to focus this review on the excellent Finalement 2013.

To the eye this wine is pleasing, a clear and pale lemon colour, on the nose it’s very fresh, notes of melon and citrus fruits. Just a quick slurp reveals a rounded integration of flavours, skillfully combined to leave a medium finish, with a dusting of citrus and stone fruits. There is a slight muting of flavours manifesting as an almost buttery coating of the pallet.

JB takes grapes usually found in the southern Rhone Valley and transports them to a different Terroir, showcasing the unique area of Pic St Loup and mellowing the acidity by allowing the developing wine to rest briefly on the lees, this helps to produce a fantastic wine full of the freshness and character I have come to expect from Mas Peyrolle.

This wine will keep for perhaps 1-2 years however it’s best enjoyed sooner rather than later as the fresh flavours and vibrant fruit is somewhat muted after time. Finalement pairs beautifully with fresh Pelardon, grilled white meats and fish.

 

 

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