Mas Zenitude is a biodynamic company from Languedoc, one of the emerging regions of the new enological France.
The owner is, since 2007, the oenologist Erik Gabrielson, who believes in viticulture with zero environmental impact, both in the work in the vineyard and in the cellar. The choice of the owner of Zenitude was to operate with the criteria of organic agriculture which, it seems, here too, works.
Small production, 12,000 bottles in all, from 5 ha to carignan, cinsault, merlot, syrah, clairette and grenache blanc.
Zenitude Vent d’Anges is 100% Carignan
Carignan’s age-old vineyards (average age 100 years), planted with sapling on just over one hectare, with a density of 3800 vines per hectare and an impressively reduced production (38 hl / ha).
In the cellar, partial destemming, native yeasts, cement maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation and refinement on the fine lees in cement for 10 months. No clarification, neither filtration nor addition of sulfur.
We taste the vintage 2013, which is presented in the glass of a dark ruby color, with evident purple reflections, almost like a cassis juice. We find them in the smell, crunchy and only apparently rustic. In fact, from the glass emerge beautiful floral notes and a sweet spice that presage the roundness of the mouth.
The taste is frank and vibrant, a rare pleasure, the desire to refill the glass, perhaps also due to an almost imperceptible tip of carbon. It, while making elegance a little rustic, favors drinking.
We try to combine it with different meats and cheeses, but the winning choice is certainly a good Tuscan pecorino or, even better, a toma of sheep from the Pyrenees.
A wine, this Vent d’Anges of Zenitude, which is a thousand miles away from the sly and vanilla pleasantness from which many of us left. A wine, in a word, exciting.
- Nato a Roma nel 1974, laureato in Matematica, appassionato di arte, letteratura, musica. Sommelier AIS. A Torino dal 2005, innamorato delle Langhe e del Monferrato, incallito collezionista di tappi di Barolo e Barbaresco, una predilezione per i bianchi di Borgogna ma, d'estate, sempre più incline a condividere una bottiglia di champagne!