About the Producer
Henri Marès (1903-1994) established the vineyard of Château Puy Castéra in Haut Médoc, which was later managed by his son Roger. Roger Marès, Cyril’s father, trained in Bordeaux and put them into practice at Mas des Bressades during the 1970s. Cyril Marès, a graduate of Agronomy and oenologist, continues this ancestral tradition at Mas des Bressades today. Since 2018 Cyril manage also the neighbouring winery of Mas Carlot.
Sixth-generation Cyril Marès is one of the Costières de Nîmes’ greatest producers. In addition to running the family estate, he also runs Mas Grand Plagniol, both of which are farmed sustainably in one of the Rhône Valley’s most up-and-coming appellations. The region’s reputation is prized for the high quality of its terroir, which is rich in red clay and limestone and galet roulés which are known for insulating the vines during inclement weather.
The region boasts a viticultural history going back several centuries Before Common Era when the Greeks were reputed to have planted vines in the area. Viticulture was further encouraged by Roman expansion and then, in the early Middle Ages, by the church.
About the Wine
Costières de Nîmes wines require Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre to make up at least 60 percent of the finished red and rosé wines with Grenache and Syrah required to make up at least 20 percent of any vineyard. The appellation allows Cinsaut, Carriganan and Marselan as supplementary varieties (the latter no more than 10 percent, however).
For white wines, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne form the principle triumvirate (although white wines make up only a small proportion of the region's output) and must form at least half of any white blend. These can be supplemented with Bourboulenc, Clairette, Macebeo (Viura), Vermentino (Rolle) or Viognier(the latter no more than 20 percent of any white Costières de Nîmes).
Under the appellation title, allowances have been made for irrigation, albeit under strict controls.
Grape / Blend
60% Grenache, 35% Syrah , 5% Cinsault
A very delicate mix of the Languedoc varietals.
This wine checks a lot of boxes ✔ : value, ethos, and pounds the table on quality. This is perhaps the best wine I've tasted in its price point all year!
93 Points- Ian Blackburn
"PLAH-KNEE-OLL" I think it is French for "Wow, that's good!". This organic farm leans heavily into the Syrah (50%) with big, rich mocha and bacon fat. Then you smell and feel the Grenache (50%) with tender tannins, graphite, gun metal, tomato leaves and stem inclusion aromatics.
Product size: 750ml