Mas De L'Escarida Sota Mon Soleu
Laurent Fell of Mas De L'Escarida has some of the highest vines in the Ardeche, on south facing slopes at 500m altitude on the edge of the wild and mountainous Cevennes forest. The soil is sandstone formed in the Triassic period coming from the degradation of granite that was recompressed by pressure when the sea settled in this time. There are large quartz pebbles, shale and flint from the glacial scree. This combined with the elevation of the vineyards brings freshness and minerality to the wines. He’s on his own up there, which is beneficial as there is no risk of pollutants from other vineyards and plenty of biodiversity.
100% Merlot from 50 year old vines. Laurent de-stems the fruit then gives a short maceration of around 5 days before pressing in his small basket press. All the lovely soft fruit you can expect from this variety but with much more freshness and less heavy tannins. Delicious Merlot!