Mas Calamiac Minervois La Livinière 2018

Traditional Price €24
WineSpark Price €14.22
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The first red every customer should try as part of their WineSpark experience. 

It proves that you don’t need a 16th century chateau or 7 generations of family tradition to make truly great wine.

What you do need is a talented winemaker on your side, with great grapes and winemaking expertise.

And that is exactly what you’re getting with Ben’s Mas Calamiac.

It’s from the La Liviniere appellation of the Minervois, one of the highest regarded regions of the Languedoc.

The secret to the quality is in the vineyards. They are nestled in the foothills of the Black Mountain, and have a unique microclimate which gets nice coolness in the winter, and gentle heat in the summer. It’s the perfect recipe to make full, but not heavy, red wines.

The wine is a mouth-watering blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, made from immaculate grapes that have been farmed organically for 20 years.

Ben then works his magic in the winery, fermenting with wild yeast, pressing in a traditional basket press. He ages half of the wine in old wooden vats, and the other half in concrete eggs, for a total of 12 months. The wood lets the wine breathe and mellow, and the concrete really brings out the bright fruit in the wine. So you get the best of both worlds.

You end up with a rich, characterful southern French red, with an amazing freshness that makes it incredibly drinkable. 

Merci Ben!

Wine type

Red

Grape(s)

Syrah 60% Grenache 40%

Country

France

Region of origin

La Liviniere

Appellation

La Liviniere

Vintage

2018

Alcohol %

14.5

Oak?

No

Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)

None

Average age of vines

30

Average altitude of vines (m)

270m

Soil type(s)

Sandstone - Limestone - Clay

Closure Type

Cork

Is this wine organic?

Yes 

Biodynamic?

Yes 

Sustainably produced?

Yes

Suitable for vegans?

Yes

Ageing potential (years)

5 years

Ideal drinking window

Now to 2025

I worked closely with Ben for 10 years at Naked - Ben as a young, up-and-coming winemaker, me as a young, mostly-winging-it Managing Director.

It’s fair to say we both had a role to play in growing our respective careers and businesses - Ben is now one of Naked’s most successful winemakers.

Read more about Ben

Ben’s wife Kat is amazing and her blog is well worth a read. While you’re at it, this recipe for roast pork with milk would go down a total treat with this wine.

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Conor Hoctor (Dublin)

Lovely full bodied, drinkable wine!

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