Bérangeraie’s top cuvée, Mathis Bacchus comes from 35yo vines planted in Jurassic limestones and marls on the hillsides of Floressas. Vinified in cuve, it was then transferred to new oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and bottled after fining but no filtration after a three years élevage. The oak is very well integrated, and the wine shows intriguing malbec character of mocha, eucalyptus, bay leaves and cloves. For drinking now to 2030+.
Domaine La Berangeraie,
La Gorgée de Mathis Bacchus
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
Yields are 15% lower than the Maurin at 28hh and the temperature of fermentation is never allowed to exceed a low 25°C (above which point harsher more unstable elements are extracted). It has bigger, riper fruit again than the Maurin, with notable menthol, liquorice, limestone and iron notes and tremendous depth.
In The Vineyard
This is Bérangeraie’s top unoaked wine and comes from a due south-facing hillside where the soil is a deeply weathered limestone imbued with iron deposits.
There’s a lot of sweet blackberry jam intensity and concentrated fruit here, albeit dominated by the French polish of oak. A convincing modern-style Cahors with sufficient fruit to carry it through to a long, persuasive finish.