MAS NEUF, MUSCAT KINGDOM This property forms one block wedged between the Mediterranean, lagoon and pine forest; and is entirely devoted to growing Muscat ‘petits grains’. In this outstanding backdrop to the Gardiole hills, this enchanting variety with powerful aromas develops a floral and fruity flavour profile: rosewood, lychee, jasmine, citrus… Picked early for making a dry wine, it gives you the impression of crunchiness from the grape; a refreshing sensation and light bitter twist on the finish characterise it. To make it into a sweet fortified wine, in contrast you have to wait until the fruit is crammed with sugar. So it develops a rich variety of aromas and flavours, underpinned by richness from the residual sugar. It could easily be forgotten at the back of a cellar; its colour will take on amber hues and its bouquet will develop stewed fruit notes. Concerned about implementing environmentally friendly grape-growing, the whole Mas Neuf vineyard is being converted over to organic farming and will be certified in 2014.
PERFECT BALANCE The Mas Neuf terroir emphasises all the favourable factors for making fine muscat wines: a hot dry climate, sea breezes that moderate the intense summer sunshine and retain slightly cool nights, naturally drained stony soils…
This is how we get lovely rich wines, while retaining an essential element of balance in sweet wines; freshness.
Close to sea level
Quite stony red clay on a limestone base
Muscat petits grains
Rich aromas, freshness, balance