2019 Mas des Bressades Cabernet/Syrah “les Vignes de Mon Père”
It translates simply to, "my father's vines," as the Cabernet Sauvignon was planted by Roger Marès in the 1970's. Making wine has been an art and family tradition for current proprietor, Cyril Marès, who can trace his ancestry's vinous spirit back to the late 18th century. Roger and his father owned a vineyard in Bordeaux's Haut-Médoc, which inspired him to plant the variety a few years after founding Mas des Bressades in the Costières de Nîmes in 1964. Cyril has been at the helm of the property since 1996, after completing enology school, plus stints at Chalone in the US and with Bordeaux VIPs Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier. Marès has garnered praise as being one of the region's superstars for many years.Blended with 30% Syrah (also from 40+ year vines), this 2019 Cab/Syrah is a hearty, full-bodied wine. Its electric purple color is captivating, it's a visual clue to the richness in the glass. The aromas are clean, pure and powerful; it has plummy and blackberry notes, with hints of tobacco and spice mingling. The palate is Cabernet-dominant, with the Syrah contributing finesse and roundness to the sturdy structure.