Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raise a Glass

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raise a Glass

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Byline: WITH JANE CLARE

THERE'S a name that crops up quite a lot when I'm reading about wine, at wine tastings, drinking wine and generally being a wine geek. The name is Jean-Claude Mas and it's highly likely you'll have seen the brand he represents - Domaines Paul Mas.

You can pop into most supermarkets and find one of their wines but despite the extent of the range, the quality is always really good.

Jean-Claude took over his father's 35 hectares in Bordeaux in 2000 and steered the business in a different direction, acquiring a range of wineries across the Languedoc. There are now 12 Domaines Paul Mas estates across the region.

Here are four of their whites, perfect for summer.

| Paul Mas Vinus Frisante (PS8, Morrisons, 12% abv): You've just got to love a drop of fizz. This wine is new on shelves this month and is a blend of 55% picpoul and 45% chardonnay. Sparkling wines from the Languedoc are growing in popularity and here the local picpoul (which I think has the nickname lipstinger!) adds a good bite to the blend with the chardonnay adding body and structure. There's plenty of green apples and a good citrussy zest.

| Domaine Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 2016 (PS10.99, or PS8.99 in a buy six deal, Majestic, 13% abv): This is a classic from the Paul Mas stable, with grapes grown on the limestone and clay soils of the Limoux and Carcassonne areas, blended with wine from grapes from the warmer area of Herault. It has aromas of lemon and peach, with floral wisps of blossom and honeysuckle. …

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