Provence Sainte Victoire Mas Negrel
The Mas de Cadenet estate is located at the base of the Sainte Victoire mountain (the mountain that French artist Cézanne made famous through his paintings), in the heart of Provence. It is a family estate and has been owned and run by the Négrel family for seven generations. The domaine is composed of 45 hectares of vines planted 250 meters above sea level, with a southern exposure. 40 hectares are classified in AOC Sainte-Victoire, and 5 hectares are planted in AOC Côtes de Provence. The name Mas means Estate in Provençal (the local dialect), and Cadenet comes from cade, a shrub of the Juniper family.
Certified Organic. Blend of 45% Syrah, 45% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Selection of the oldest vines (70 y.o) of the estate. Well-drained vineyards on a South facing plateau, 250 meters above sea level. Clay and limestone soils from the secondary Cretaceous and Jurassic. The top soil is composed of cobbles washed down from the Sainte Victoire Mountain. Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine and a lot of wind (Mistral). Hand Harvested. Natural yeast. Age 14 months in a mix of used and new French oak barrels.
Spicy nose. A more modern style, rich and layered, with spicy dark fruit and a seam of vanilla joining a chocolate nuance. Fleshy, structured and individual. Long finish and persistent.