|Rosé Aurore from Côté Mas - Photos by Dave Nershi|
Wine From The South Of France
The Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé was opened during a particularly frustrating evening. We were working to put together and install a new chandelier. With myriad chrome and crystal pieces, it was one complicated task. My wife and I decided to set aside the work until tomorrow and uncork the Crémant.
A Crémant Sparkler
|Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé|
The Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé offers everything you could want in a sparkling wine. The perlage is frothy and the wine an orange-tinged pink in the glass. This is finished in the Brut style, not sweet, but not excessively dry. On the palate, there are flavor notes of peach and citrus. Lovely!
The blend is a traditional one for southern France, Grenache (50%), Cinsault (30%) and Syrah (20%). The appellation is the wide-ranging Pays d’Oc. The wine is aged on lees for 40 days in cement vats with regular stirring.
In the glass the Rosé Aurore has a deep salmon color. We’ve found this wine to contrast with the rosé from Provence. The Côté Mas has more body and complexity, perhaps due to the lees aging. It is richer by comparison flowing with cherry and floral flavors. We really like this wine and it is quite a value at about $11.
Both wines pair wonderfully with food, especially lighter dishes, seafood and cheeses. The wines of Paul Mas continue to impress with flavor and quality at reasonable prices.
Full disclosure: These wines were received as a marketing sample.