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Friday, 28 February 2014

Striking French! - Two Wines From Les Domaines Paul Mas

A review of two Striking French! wines from Les Domaines Paul Mas

With its quirky, jokey name, Striking French! wines from Domaines Paul Mas has an unapologetically iconoclastic and populist image; a touch low-brow, perhaps, but then these are ripe Pays d'Oc quaffers, not First Growth challengers.

Striking French! Viognier sandy yellow with an oaky, musky melonskin nose; ripe tropical citrus fruit, clean and fresh acidity, a touch of lime cordial, creamy-buttery oak and pleasant finish. Very enjoyable quaffer.

Striking French! Merlot translucent purple with aromas of plums, tobacco, coffee grounds and liquorice; more ripe fruit, juicy acidity and a soft texture. Again, a thoroughly pleasant and reliable quaffer.

Overall, these are very pleasant, if unchallenging wines - perhaps a little ambitiously priced, they are a safe bet for when you have a mixed grouping of people to please and a decent introduction to Languedoc.

£9.99 from Majestic; provided for review.

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Les Grandes Costes, Pic St Loup, 2009 from the Co-op

Paul Mas - website
Majestic - website

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