Similar impression to my last note, but it struck me as medium- to full-bodied. This has nice black fruit but also rusticity from earth and a good dose of tannin. Plenty of sediment, I'd recommend a decant.
13.5% ABV. I opened this bottle three days prior, tasting it along the way and storing it in my cellar. My note is from the third day, but it was little changed from the first. Mostly opaque dark garnet in the glass. Tannic smelling with background dark fruit. Medium-full bodied and a bit hard with some modest black fruit overshadowed by tannin like walls around around the fruit. Secondary nuances of mineral, earth, and perhaps a little tea. The tannins aren't rough and gritty, but they do make it difficult to enjoy. This kind of leaves me scratching my head. I think there is potential here, but I don't think I will touch another one for four to five years. Update: retasting this wine on day four, my earlier thoughts were a little too harsh. Either my palate was off prior or the wine turned a corner, as it does seem improved today, with some blackberry fruit on the nose and some of the same fruit on the palate, with an overall more approachable flavor. The palate is quite a bit more lithe than the nose suggests.
Dark purple, almost black. Dark plummy fruit on the nose, bit of iron and earth. Medium bodied, not as fruity or concentrated on the palate as I expected. Nice minerality, earth and tannin to balance the blackberry fruit. Definitely not an Argentinean malbec. Very nice.
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Rarely do we get the chance to offer two vintages in a row of a crowd favorite so beloved by our email base that the wine almost seems like family. The 2006 version of this wine was the catalyst and now the 2007 comes to town with a low-alcohol chip on its shoulder ready to up the ante and make your dinner plans uncomplicated and inspiring at once.
Last year's version of this wine was an enlightening Monday night discovery for many of you - it opened the door to an experience that didn't have to be the be-all-end-all to be special (in turn, it was special for the very same reason). The wine is not the biggest, most forceful or most obvious, rather it has the presence of a Cot from the Loire (dark color, slathered minerality, low-alcohol) with a silky texture and magnetic persona not typically found in 100% Malbec offerings from Cahors (most of the softer wines in Cahors have been dialed-down with a percentage of Merlot). It's framework is more Moulin-a-Vent than Madiran and our wine geek faithful could not get enough of it. While there are certainly more profound wines in the universe, Mas del Perie reminds all of us quality that does not necessarily equal impact. Vinous intrigue and appeal can can go hand in hand with a mid-weight presence that is ultimately more inspiring to your evening meal than a wine that cannot be paired with anything but itself.
Which brings us to the new vintage.
After tasting dozens of 2007 Cahors (and Madiran last night), the Mas del Perie rose to the top once again simply due to its playful and unforced nature. It's a beautifully made Malbec, full of charge and a mystical mix of scents but it remains medium in weight despite a dense color that would lead one to believe the result is more massive than it is. If you want to taste the "Real Malbec" as I referred to this wine a few months ago (versus its often over-wooded Argentinean cousin), the new 2007 vintage of Mas del Perie gives this un-oaked delight a bright stage to showcase a wine that has become something of an underground sensation in France:
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for honesty in a glass without any pomp, circumstance or posturing - it's just wine and with Mas del Perie, that's good enough for me: