2010 Domaines Paul Mas, Estate ‘GSM’ Côteaux du Languedoc

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Wine of the Week: 2010 Domaines Paul Mas, Estate ‘GSM’ Côteaux du Languedoc
Region & Country: Languedoc, France
Price: $15

The Languedoc is a fantastic source of excellent, great value wines. This 2010 Estate ‘GSM’ Blend from Domaines Paul Mas is no exception.

Vibrant and packed with delicious ripe fruit flavors, it is a great wine to enjoy all through the cold winter months. I tasted this delicious wine back in November in New York City, at lunch with the straight-talking, forward-thinking owner of Domaines Paul Mas – Jean-Claude Mas. Much like Jean-Claude, this GSM wine is a dynamic blend of modernity and tradition. Quite deep in color, the nose is fresh and focused, very minerally with intense aromas of ripe black and red fruit. The palate is well defined, yet supple with ample flavors that are both refreshing and rich – lots of black berry and plummy fruit, savory spice, licorice with hints of balsamic and tapenade. Moderately fleshy with sufficient ripe structuring tannins and a lively, minerally finish.

At the table: A versatile wine, this GSM blend, with its balanced combination of lively fruit and savory minerality is at home with a variety of dishes. I would pair it with rich, hearty dishes such as a beef casserole, venison stew, slow roasted pork shoulder or roasted Portobello mushrooms. For a simple get-together with friends, enjoy with aged Cheddar style cheese.

About Domaines Paul Mas, the Languedoc and the 2010 Paul Mas Estate GSM
Domaines Paul Mas is one of the leading wine producers of premium wine in the Languedoc. Since 2000, Jean-Claude Mas, a fourth generation winemaker, has been at the helm of the business, transforming it into one of the region’s most dynamic and international wine businesses.

GSM is a term for wines made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes. This 2010 Paul Mas Estate GSM is 35% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre and spent just a short time in oak before bottling.

Côteaux du Languedoc is one of the most important (and largest) AOC appellations in the Languedoc region of southern France. It is also one of the most important appellations in all of France. Long considered the source of mediocre, inexpensive, bulk wines, the Languedoc has and continues to transform itself. Today it is home to some of the most forward thinking, innovative and dynamic winemakers in all of France.

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne

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