Rhône meet the Languedoc in this ethereally lovely red blend, and Robin’s de facto house red. It manages to jump straight out of the glass with bright violet notes, soft fresh fruit, a sprinkle of pepper and nuances of mountain herbs and spice. Think along the lines of a classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape with lots more freshness – a factor of Mas Brunet’s location on the windswept limestone plateau of the Terrasses de Larzac. This will pretty much go with anything but if we had to pick, it would be a rich, slow cooked tomato-ey cassoulet with haricots blancs and sausages, with plenty of crusty bread on the side for dipping.
With a structure that matches Côtes-du-Rhône but the prettiest of delicate nuances, Mas Brunet is a firm favourite of the Swig team. Based just north of Montpellier and round the corner from Mas de Daumas Gassac (the Lafite of the Languedoc), the hot Southern French climate and dry summers make it tricky to retain a fresh finesse in Rhone varietals. Yet the Mas Brunet Cuvée du Mazet manages to jump straight out of the glass with bright violety peppery soft fresh fruit, and nuances of mountain herbs and spice. This welcoming style of wine simply lives to please. It is a definite pasta wine. Or steak. Or fish. Or curry. Or cheese. It is the ultimate red wine for all food, people and life!
FROM THE PRESS
“Mas Brunet Cuvee du Mazet from Terrasses du Larzac in the Languedoc is a blend of the region’s five grapes – Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah – that delights in its complexity and intensity. With ripe dark fruit, herbs and spice, it hints at a mighty Châteauneuf-du Pape (and accompanying price) and is deeply rewarding.”Jonathan Ray - The Spectator