In the Summer 2012 issue of France Magazine, Mas Belles Eaux 2008 Sainte-Helene and Les Coteaux receive a great mention of what is “Trending Now” by Dorothy Gaiter. A big movement is the Languedoc’s work towards producing top wines (such as Belles Eaux’s Sainte-Helene), as well as wines that offer sensational price to quality ratio, such as the Belles Eaux Les Coteaux 2008 (SRP $20). Gaiter also notes that Mas Belles Eaux is one of the estates “turning heads”, and points out the excellent Wine Advocate review of Les Coteaux 2008 (91 points)!
Christian Seely, who oversees all the properties owned by AXA (Quinta do Noval, Disznoko, Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Suduiraut) writes a great piece on an extensive tasting held at Mas Belles Eaux. Along with a group that includes Andrew Jefford of Decanter, they looked not only at what Belles Eaux has achieved in its first decade since Christian took it over, but the great progress throughout the Languedoc. There’s also a great video to check out!
Mas Belles Eaux has a fabulous new website! Make sure you check out “The Film” on the site, which gives a great sense of Mas belles Eaux’ location, site, and mission – to produce truly great wines from the Languedoc. Click below to visit the site.
Christian Seely elaborates on how his team goes about putting together the Mas Belles Eaux wines, here doing the blending for the 2011 vintages. He is deeply involved in the winemaking of all the AXA properties – Quinta do Noval, Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Suduiraut – as is Technical Director Daniel Llose. Their experience and skill in growing and making wine at several of the top properties throughout the world is invaluable in creating wines at Mas Belles Eaux that reflect the superb terroir of this estate, and show how serious and great wines from this area can be.
Mas Belles Eaux’s Les Coteaux 2005 was featured in the Washington Examiner‘s recent roundup of terrific values from the Languedoc. According to critic Scott Greenberg:
“A huge blast of blueberry fruit on the nose leads to warm flavors of black fruit and spice on the palate. The firm tannins and ripe fruit allow the wine to be enjoyed young but also provide aging potential.”
That succulent profile makes Les Coteaux the ideal wine for summer grilling, a rich, juicy red that suits just about anything passed across the barbecue pit. Greenberg’s full post is here.
Also in the latest Wine & Spirits magazine, the Mas Belles EauxLes Coteaux 2006 is rated one of the best values in France, earning 90 points and a “Best Buy” designation.
Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux 2006, Languedoc “This blend of 70 percent grenache with syrah and mourvèdre is chewy with savory fruit, laden with rocky minerality, almost steak-like in its meaty flavor. Give it some air to bring up the pretty red raspberry center, and serve it with lamb chops.”90 Wine & Spirits
Great things to look forward to with Mas Belles Eaux as this estate cements its reputation as the Languedoc’s finest producer. The 2006 Les Coteaux, a perennial bargain, earns 90 points, and the Ste. Hélène rakes in 93 points in the latest Wine Enthusiast.
“Vibrant and juicy with red cherry and blueberry playing well alongside notes of thyme and soft pepper spice. Medium weight in the mouth with soft grain tannins, solid acidity, and a finish that leaves a delicious raspberry syrup flavor lingering until the next sip.”90 Wine Enthusiast
“Dark, 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.”92 Wine Enthusiast
Christian Seely has a fantastic blog entry on the blending he recently did of the 2009 Mas Belles Eaux Wines. A serious discussion of why the Belles Eaux vineyards first enchanted him nearly a decade ago – 70 year old Carignan vines, special soils. Go here to read the piece.