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Once tethered with the not so endearing epithet "the wine lake" the Languedoc–Roussillon has emerged in this more modern era as a wonderful new land of opportunity, a brilliant source of warmer weather Mediterranean varietal and multi-varietal wines, the better examples among the great wines of Europe and, that said, the world. And, after all, the Languedoc-Roussillon remains among the most splendid of sources for value in fine wines.

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2011 Mas Lavail Carignan Vielles Vignes Terre d'Ardoise 2011 Mas Lavail Carignan Vielles Vignes Terre d'Ardoise
Mas de Lavail is located in sunny and dry Languedoc-Roussillon, between the Mountains of the Pyrenées and Corbières, in a little town named Maury. People of this region are very proud of their Catalan national heritage, where they speak their own language, deeply influenced by the Spanish culture. Its vignerons work hard in the vineyards, using leaf-pulling and hand-picking to extract wines of great concentration and flavor from the fertile terroir. Nicolas Battle (pronounced "buy") is a young winemaker of great talent and the fifth generation of his family to practice this noble profession. Together with his cousin, Lionel Lavail, they work this new domain of fantastic potential, with very old vines averaging 80+ years of age planted to the formidable black schist soils of this part of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Their 2011 vintage Mas Lavail Carignan Vieilles Vignes Terre d'Ardoise, produced from 85% old vines Carignan and 15% Grenache, is a shimmering garnet in color; at once both light and lively, warm and round, plump, ripe, juicy and succulent, with smooth rounded tannins and grapey fresh flavors that just plain deliciously please. Regularly $11.99 the bottle, on sale now at:
$7.99 the bottle  $95.88 the case

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