Mas De Libian Cotes Du Rhone Khazan Rouge 2013
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Mas De Libian Cotes Du Rhone Khazan Rouge 2013

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2013's Grenache squeeze left Mas de Libian with hardly enough juice to scrape together a single, let alone three, Grenache-dominant cuvées. So this is a single blend from vineyards that would have normally supplied both the Khayyám and Bout d'Zan cuvées. Hélène has called it called Khazan after it's 'parent wines', Khayyám and Bout d'Zan. With the Syrah and Mourvèdre coping much better with the vintage, the blend weighs in at 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre, drawn from the entire patchwork of mature, biodynamically managed terroirs of the property. So there's some galets roulés (rolled alluvial 'pudding' stones), some sandy clay, and some lower-lying limestone/clay parcels. The three grapes were co-fermented after a strict selection, and aged in oak vats for 10 months before bottling.

The result is a really impressive Côtes du Rhône, very much driven by Mas de Libian's classic fruit purity (lots of cherry and blackberry essence here), along with vibrant freshness and lively, crunchy tannins. This straddles the line between the elegance of the north and the texture of the south and should therefore equally appeal to northern & southern Rhône lovers. The Mas de Libian crew have nicknamed this 'A Wine Named Desire'. To be honest, we never really got a handle on the explanation - although it somehow referenced both the Tennessee Williams' play and John Steinbeck's East of Eden. No matter, the moniker works without any further explanation. Enjoy!

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