Mas de Valeriole Ve Rose 2021

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Tasting Notes

Salt-tinged aromas of raspberry and just-ripe strawberry with warm floral notes. The palate is fairly weighty with moderate acidity; the fruit is less obvious but still there, along with a touch of salinity. It is medium bodied with a long finish.


Mas de Valériole is located just south of the City of Arles, where Gaugin, Picasso, and Van Gogh had studios to paint in the area’s wonderful southern light. It is part of the Camargue, a rugged 360-square mile stretch that is a sharp contrast to the beach towns of the Côte d’Azur. The wild Camargue produces salt from the marshes off the Mediterranean and multicolored nutty wild rice; it also produces wine. Mas de Valériole is a 45-hectare estate founded in the early 15th century; it was purchased by the Michel family in the late 1950s. Around the turn of the 20th century brothers Jean-Paul and Patrick Michel made several  changes to improve their wines, starting with a conversion to organic viticulture. The vineyards make up 32 ha of the estate’s holdings, with a variety of soil types. A steady breeze blows in from the sea, mitigating the Provençal heat and keeping alcohol levels modest.

“Vé” is a local Provençal expression meaning “Look at that!,” and indeed this wine is worth a good look. The grapes are unusual. Caladoc and Marselan are crosses developed over 60 years ago by Paul Truel. Caladoc, a cross of Grenache and Côt (Malbec) is mid to late ripening and very disease resistant, escaping couloure, botrytis bunch rot, and powdery mildew. Marselan is a Cabernet Sauvignon-Grenache cross, resistant to the foregoing problems and mites as well.

Grapes for this wine are harvested at night to ensure that the fruit coming into the winery is cool. They are pressed immediately and fermented in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation is blocked by chilling the wine, which then rests 3-6 months on the lees before blending and bottling. Sulfur is only added at bottling, in very small quantities.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Chicken/Turkey, Dessert (fruit), East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish-full flavored (salmon/tuna), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Pizza, Shellfish

France, Provence
Grape Varietal:
15% Merlot, 70% Caladoc, 15% Marselan
$15.00 each