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Isa red, Les chemins de Bassac 2015 Vin de Pays de côtes de Thongue
Cotes de Thongue is an IGP title covering wines made in an area on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noire in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. Prior to 2009, the area was covered by the Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongue denomination.
The wide valley of the river Thongue has been utilized viticulturally for hundreds of years and until the 1980s the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon were mostly rustic, roasted, and dirt-cheap of little interest to export markets. But wine production in this sun-drenched, crescent-shaped region hugging the Mediterranean from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border has undergone a sea change in recent years.
Les chemins de Bassac is an old estate, founded in the 19th century, which has, in turn, experienced shadows and lights of Languedoc wine history. At present, it covers 15 ha which constitute one of the most beautiful properties of Languedoc.
Bassac is a place called and the paths that lead you invite you to stroll on these sunny hillsides where olive trees, vineyards, oaks and cypresses meet. Today recognized, it is the result of a long work nourished by the passion of the wine and the conviction that this soil hides a noble character.
This original blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir offers a harmonious blend of finely structured red berries. The harvest is fully destemmed, the vines are vinified individually and the fermentation temperature is controlled to keep the wine's freshness of its aromas.
This dry, slightly tannic and spicy red displays a complex and medium nose. On nose there’s a hint of wild red fruits on a background of heart. On the palate, is fresh and elegant. Perfect to be matched with a pasta dish like Bolognese, daily dishes or summer grills. @raisonnancenet
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