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Mas Belles Eaux Sainte Hélène 2006


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Sainte-Hélène is an Syrah blend, from vines that average 30 years of age. The carefully sorted and selected grapes come from plots situated up on the plateau, at the highest point of the estate. Fermentation is in concrete vats and stainless steel, and there is a long maceration under grape-pomace for around 40-45 days in order to obtain a harmonious tannic structure. Aging is for 15 months in 1 and 2 year old French Oak barrels.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Brand Mas Belles Eaux
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorThis has an alluring sandalwood aroma, with supple, luscious flavors of raspberry, red plum, cream, allspice and Kenya AA. Very pure and long on the finish, with notes of flan and hints of white pepper. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan.

Kim Marcus, July 31, 2009
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastDark, lush and brooding, this is a beautiful wine with tons of character and potential. Right now, the components are bold and powerful: deep red plum flesh, raspberry, fresh-ground coffee granules, cedar, garrigue spice and cocoa. The tannins are firm and the the finish is long with flecks of pepper shining through. A beautiful wine that can be drunk now or held for another 2-4 years.

Lauren Buzzeo, May 1, 2010
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateKelp, dark tobacco, conifers, and resinous herbs mingle with dark cherry, prune, and their distilled counterparts in an intense aromatic display from Belles Eaux's 2006 Languedoc Sainte Helene. Hints of vanilla, caramel, and wood spice contribute a sort of additional complexity though frankly not one I find particularly interesting, and there is a somewhat stiff tannic note to the finish here. A soy-like and marine mineral streak to the finish doesn't prove all that saliva-inducing, perhaps because the finishing tannin or hints of barrel somehow deactivate it. There is a lot to impress here, even if not to charm. I am skeptical about the value of aging it beyond the next several years, but only time can really tell.

David Schildknecht, June 2011