On the Menu at the Michelin 3-Star Eugenie les Bains!

Our friend Pascal Fulla emailed me recently to tell us his wine was on Michel Guérard's 3-Star Eugénie les Bains wine list. The last time Bob and I had dinner at super-chef Michel Guérard's famous restaurant it was sooooo good that we spent the night, got up the next morning and had lunch, too.

You know these three-star chefs in France...they care about every detail and they want only the very best of everything, including of course for their wine list. Everyone wants to be included - only a select few are.

Mas de l'Ecriture is a pristine, pink-hued, modern winery in the village of Jonquieres near the Mediterranean. Try to imagine several inkblots of land strewn across the French arc between from about Nimes to Narbonne. These selected vineyard sites are recognized as having superior and distinctive terroir. They are known as the Coteaux de Languedoc. Within these areas there are even better parcels, one of which is called Terasses du Larzac. This is where the vineyard of Mas de l'Ecriture is located.

Pascal Fulla came late to the wine business. He was a lawyer for a long time and only created his estate in the late 1990s, but he hit the ground running. The winery rises out of a valley on flat land between hills. The land has the magical combination of stony soil, which drains well during the often quite violent rainstorms, and limestone and clay, which holds water down deep during the equally frequent droughts. In addition, the vineyards are regularly swept by the Mistral, which keeps the pests away.

Mas de l'Ecriture has only 12 hectares under vines. Very small for this area. No herbicides are used. Pascal keeps the yields very low and the berries are sorted twice to eliminate the unripe and the unhealthy. His work in the winery is as meticulous as that in the vineyard.

His Cuvee Emotion is a a wonderful combination of fresh, deep red fruit with a garnet robe and aromas of red fruit and blackberries backed by a fine minerality and a bit of garrigue (those scrubby outcroppings of lavender and herbs known best in the Rhone Valley). The wine is 40% Syrah and 30% Grenache (the blend of much more expensive Rhone wines) and about equal parts Carignan and Cinsault. It is a fearless wine not afraid of spicy stews and powerful cheeses, but at the same time smooth with penetrating depth. Cynthia Hurley

Mas de L'Ecriture Cuvee Emotion  2005  

Mas de L'Ecriture Cuvee Emotion 2005

A wonderful combination of fresh, deep red fruit with a garnet robe and aromas of red fruit and blackberries backed by a fine minerality and a bit of garrigue. The wine is 40% Syrah and ... more


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