Mas De La Barben

Located northwest of Nimes in the eastern portion of the Languedoc appellation, this estate was purchased by Veronique and Marcel Hermann in 1999. They bought the estate for its amazing potential. Situated at 200 meters above sea level, it has fantastic clay and limestone soil and a Mediterranean climate that is influenced by the famed mistral winds. It also has some tremendous low-yielding old vines planted in 1964. The Hermann’s immediately started to fulfill the potential by improving grape growing and simultaneously improving winemaking. They’re following quality-focused biodynamic practices and keeping yields low for concentration and complexity. The wines are fermented cleanly and precisely in lined concrete tanks that impart no woody flavors but still enhance the texture of the wines.

L’Improviste Blanc is a fabulously full and flavorful white blend of 80% Roussane and 20% Vermentino. A pale yellow color, the aromas are ripe, full and exotic. The front palate is wonderfully rich but the fresh acidity means the finish is clean, refreshing and shockingly long.

L’Improviste Rouge is a rich spicy blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. Garnet red in color, it has intense aromas of blackberries, raspberries and sweet spices. On the palate there is a deep black fruit character and an outstanding velvety texture. The length and elegant balance bring to mind some of the best Rhone reds.

Les Lauzieres Rouge is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. As suggested by its lovely ruby color, this wine reveals excellent intensity. On the nose there is black fruit, crystalized cherries and a nice spicy dimension. The flavor is graceful with elegant tannins and a savory finish