“40% Mourvèdre, 40% Carignan, 20% Syrah. Argilo-calcaire soils around the village.
Deepish crimson. Peppery and lightly reductive. Chewy, dry, finely dry. Dark finesse but with lovely fruit underneath. Peppery and almost salty on the finish. Super-refined, well structured and long. 17.5/20 points (JH).”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Mas Jullien is composed of 35 acres of vineyards scattered around the village of Jonquieres, north of Montpellier, 25 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea. The vines grow on the rocky terraces of the plateau of Larzac at the foot of Mont Baudille, culminating at an altitude of 3,000 feet, at the limit of their cultivation of the vine in the area. Each of his parcels has its own character, arising from differences in altitude, exposition, wind, cool air currents, and proximity to the river. Soil types vary and include rocky limestone, schist, clay and alluvial deposits. These variables give each parcel its own distinctive personality. “Autour de Jonquieres” is built on the back of old-vines Mourvedre (40%) planted in poor limestone soils, this cuvee contains roughly equal proportions Carignan and Syrah as well, also from very old, minuscule-yielding vines.