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2019 Athanor
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
85% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvèdre
Appellation
AOP Faugères
Alcohol %
14.1

Domaine Mas Nuy
2019 Athanor

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SKU: DMNAthanor19

The alluring violet color of this Grenache Noir-dominant blend imbues each glass with gem-like radiance. Aromas of luscious red fruit and black currant blossom entice the senses. The full-bodied palate delights with hints of licorice. 

Drink Athanor with friends and your friendship will thrive! The perfect wine for BBQ, sausage, and burgers. Consider serving chilled for a beautiful pairing with fish.

Domaine: Domaine Mas Nuy
Appellation: AOP Faugères
Cuvée: 2019 Athanor
Blend: 85% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvèdre

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
85% Grenache Noir, 15% Mourvèdre
Appellation
AOP Faugères
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The vineyards of Domaine Mas Nuy, located in the prized Cru appellation of Faugères, are surrounded by holm oaks, arbutus, olive trees, and aromatic and medicinal plants. Two rivers flow nearby. Many of the vines are planted at higher altitudes which limits erosion, encourages water retention and extends the ripening period. Sea winds supply moisture while quickly drying the grapes and leaves. The vineyard experiences 300 days of sun each year. The terroir evolved from the "Monts de Faugères" geological system, dating from the Visean age. The soils are schist (brown and grey slate) and are some of the oldest soils in France. This soil type delivers freshness in the wines as well as generous minerality and acidity. The terroir also includes shale from the marine deposits of a prehistoric sea. The shale provides both drainage and humidity in the vineyard, retaining up to 40% of its volume in water and storing twice as much heat as limestone. This is why the winemakers say the grapes “ripen at night.” The vines are planted in a contour along the steep slopes to limit erosion and retain water. Sustainable and integrated agriculture is practiced and the domaine is in the process of becoming certified organic.
Production Notes
Manual harvesting in crates and selective sorting takes place in the vineyard in September. The Grenache grapes remain in the tank for aging while Mourvedre undergoes light maturation in Austrian Stockinger barrels for 5 months. Fermentation is characterized by long, traditional maceration with regular punching down.
Winemaker Notes
Our friend, winemaker Pierre Urbain of Domaine Mas Nuy, completed his oenological studies and, in 2005, found his piece of heaven in the Languedoc. He purchased vineyards high on the south-facing hills of Faugères — perfect schist soil, perfect sun, and perfect vineyards for catching the drying winds of both the mountains and Mediterranean Sea. Pierre describes his role as “birthing the wines,” allowing them to fully express the terroir and the grapes, with little or no intervention from the winemaker.
Food Pairing Notes
Athanor is the perfect wine for BBQ, sausage, and burgers. Consider serving chilled for a beautiful pairing with fish.
Other Notes
Ageability: Drink now or keep until 2025. Serve at around 57-59° F.

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