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2016 Mas des Volques "Volcae" Duché D'Uzès SKU #1524956

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JD 91-93 RP 92
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The Souchon family have been growers in the Rhône Valley for more than 80 years. All their wines were classified Côtes du Rhône and Vin du Pays until their region, Duché D'Uzès, was elevated to Cru AOP status in 2013. Duché D'Uzès now has the same status as nearby Gigondas and Châteauneuf du Pape but is definitely not as well known. The region lies on the west side of the Rhône, just to the north of Montpellier in the foothills of the Cèvennes mountains. The Souchons focus more on Syrah in their reds, and the Volcae is 40% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 25% Carignan. The grapes are planted in clay-limestone soils and produce a lovely richness and intensity. The Volcae is the perfect way to explore this new and exciting region.

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    3/25/2021
    K&L Staff Member
    It's nice to be on the cusp of something new and grand, and the emerging region of Duché D'Uzès is just such the place to check out. The region is historic but was mostly declassified into the regular drinking wines of the local region including Côtes du Rhône. Sitting on the western side of the Rhône and just north of Nîmes, Duché D'Uzès sits in the shadow of the Cèvennes mountains with their ambling slopes and hillsides. Unlike the gravelly flood plain that makes up Costières de Nîmes to the south, the soils in Duché D'Uzès are primarily sandstone, marl, limestone, and small amounts of gravel, not dissimilar to Gigondas but on the opposite side of the Rhône River. It is markedly cooler, and Syrah does exceptionally well here, hence Mas de Volques' reliance on this as their primary red grape variety in their blends. Full of vibrant red and black fruit, this is an explosion of aromatics in the glass. Incense, licorice, mulled raspberries, cherries, and violets round out the flavors. An exceptional Rhône from an exceptional place that is just starting to get the recognition it deserves.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    3/25/2021
    K&L Staff Member
    Ask many supposedly wine savvy folks if they've heard of the Duché D'Uzès and they may wonder what you've been drinking. As one of the more obscure regions in the Rhône Valley, this new AOC is located northwest of Nîmes near the foothills of the Cèvennes range and takes its name from the palatial 16th century duchy that remains in many ways a microcosm of French history. It's the site of perhaps the first surviving book written by a woman in the western world, a 9th century manual of manners for her son, and over 800 years later of famous correspondence between the duke and Voltaire. Enough history, on to the wine. The Volcae is a rich, brambly, mouth-coating blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan with an ample palate of ripe plums, blackberries, lavender, and chocolate-tinged tannins. Well-integrated oak adds a gentle spice note to a wine that truly deserves its place in history, and of course, on your first spring barbecue! Cheers!

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