2013 Mas Jullien Terrasses Du Larzac Cuvee CarlanBlend from France
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"The Mas Jullien is a young estate with a long history deeply rooted in the hillsides of Languedoc. Olivier Jullien grew up in the vineyards that his father and grandfather wor...
- 94 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Tasted out of bottle, the 2013 Coteaux du Languedoc Carlan is terrific and showed even better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign. Made from 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan and smaller parts Cinsault and Syrah, it knocks it out of the park with its cassis, blackberry, freshly crushed stone, spring flowers and garrigue-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, with thrilling purity and a stacked mid-palate, it hangs onto the more elegant, focused style of the estate, yet packs in tons of flavor authority and length. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.
I continue to love the wines from Olivier Jullien, and he's certainly one of the leading producers in one of the top regions in the Languedoc, the Terrasses du Larzac AOC. I was able to taste through all of the 2014s, and these appear to be in line with his 2012s and 2013s, if not slightly more approachable. I was blown away by his 2013s, and I think the 2013 Carlan is probably the best vintage of this cuvee to date. The flagship Terrasses du Larzac cuvee might fall in that category as well. Note, the style here is classic, with bright acidity and firm, focused profiles that reward cellaring. These are not over the top fruit bombs, yet they excel on their purity, focus and length. I find them utterly compelling."
"The Mas Jullien is a young estate with a long history deeply rooted in the hillsides of Languedoc. Olivier Jullien grew up in the vineyards that his father and grandfather worked. As a boy in the late 70’s, Olivier witnessed the winegrowers’ uprisings in the region provoked by economic difficulties that beset (and continue to plague) many small, independent farmers, which resulted in the death of two men. The vineyards of Languedoc were in a critical state. Decades of over cropping to produce inexpensive wine with little thought given to quality were coming to a painful but necessary end. The young generation of the time wanted nothing more than to leave viticulture behind. Nobody wanted vineyards in Languedoc. Olivier was one of the pioneers of the region. He believed that the terroir had the potential to make great wines and he had the courage to prove it. After taking his degree in viticulture and oenology in 1985, he began farming some of his family’s vineyards and looking around the area for the best vineyards to purchase. He was only twenty years old when he converted some of the outbuildings on the family estate into a cellar and began vinifying and bottling his wines under the Mas Jullien label. In a touching turn of events, Olivier’s success and passion inspired his father to withdraw from the cooperative and create his own winery, Mas Cal Demoura, in 1993. Or, as Olivier says proudly: “with this courageous and highly symbolic action, he quite simply became himself”." -Importer
|Sub-Region||Terrasses du Larzac|
94 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Carignan / Carinena, Cinsault, Syrah / Shiraz|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, licorice, anise, vanilla, musk, currant and blueberry|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, violet, rose petal, oak, mushroom, game, tar, dust, spice box and cedar|