The Mas D’Alezon Faugeres Le Presbytere is produced just inland from the Mediterranean in the Languedoc Rousillon. Granted AC status in 1982, the Mas D’Alezon vineyard is located in the schist-rich region of Faugeres. The northern corner of Faugeres has the highest elevations, reaching up to 500 meters. This is where winemaker Catherine Roque acquired 7 hectares in the late 1990’s to make the Mas D’Alezon wines. Consequently, the combination of schist soil, high elevation, hot summers and gentle winters make for good, complex wine. Rhone grape varieties like Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan, Lledoner Pelut, and Syrah absolutely love it.
Tasting Note: The Le Presbytere is made from Carignan, Cinsault, and Lledoner Pelut. It has medium intense aromas and flavors of cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, licorice, thyme, baking spices, citrus peel, and balsamic vinegar. The wine is dry with a medium body, medium alcohol, medium + acid, and medium – tannins. The fruit flavors are bold, ripe, and concentrated. As a result, the wine is lithe and very food friendly. We paired this with a homemade sourdough pizza topped with mushrooms and goat cheese. In addition, we had a mixed green salad with balsamic dressing. The pairing was terrific.