The artist Cezanne was so fascinated by the Mont Sainte-Victoire, east of Aix-en-Provence, that he painted it many times. It forms the stunning backdrop for Guy Negrel’s Mas de Cadenet vineyards. Guy, with help from his son Mathieu and daughter Maude, produce a brilliant range of Provencal wines in every colour. Sainte-Victoire, our runaway Rose success for several years, is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 20% Syrah, it. They also make a “junior” Rose, L’Arbaude, a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 15% Carignan, an equally brilliant white made from Rolle (otherwise known as Vermentino), a delicious, rich, herbal red – 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and finally, top-of-the-range, the Mas Negrel, supple, deep and concentrated.
All their wines seem evocative of Mediterranean sunshine and the warm scents of the garrigue; the Provencal brushland of wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. Oh, and they also make a small amount of Vin Cuit, a sweet red wine, something of a local speciality, and some delicious, peppery Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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