Mas Calamiac Minervois La Livinière 2019
WineSpark Price €16.66
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.
|Region of origin||Languedoc|
|Months in Oak||1/4 in oak, 12 months|
|Type of Oak||French|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||SO2|
|Average age of vines||40 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||300|
|Soil type(s)||Sandstone and clay|
|Closure Type||Diam 5|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes|
|Ageing potential||5 - 10 years|
|Ideal drinking window||Now until 2024|
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.
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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You can't beat a Ben Darnault wine. Love this. Second time of ordering and will buy again if available
A reasonable wine. Opens with a great fruity nose - but a little insipid at first on the palate. Improves after 30mins breathing. Certainly wouldn’t pay anymore than the current price (and even at that it’s not great value)
For €15 this is a really superb wine. Had it this evening with lamb chops, a barbecued corn salad and potato salad. Delicious, and fantastic value.
Loved this wine, enjoyed it on a few different occasions and it it so smooth but fruity and very moreish. Fantastic value.
Enjoyed with a venison ragu on pappardelle pasta, marriage made in heaven!!!
Delicious with a nice cheeseboard!
Super value and a well made wine ...it is very full bodied so as long as you are in the mood for this type of wine then it hits the spot.