Francois Lurton 'Les Hauts de Janeil' Syrah Rosé, IGP Pays d'Oc, France, 2018 (ROSE) (ECO RESPONSIBLE)
Overview of the Wine
Mas Janeil is located on steep limestone garrigue-covered slopes in the heart of the Agly Valley, producing fine wine in an area with a rich history and atypical terroirs where tradition and innovation are combined with precision and strength, reliability and friendliness.
François Lurton is the fifth generation of his family to be in the wine business in France, as their winemaking roots date back to 1897. François started out as Marketing Director of his father’s wine company, Andre Lurton in 1985 and moved on to found his own consulting firm with his brother Jacques in 1988. They were endlessly on the search around the world for unique vineyards and terroirs to produce the best possible wine for their customers, which earned them the moniker of the first “flying winemakers.” In 2007 they restructured the company and François became the majority shareholder enabling him to work more closely to the winemaking process (both in the vineyards and the cellar) to ensure that the highest level of quality is always delivered.
Mas Janeil landed on François’ and Jacques’ radar in 1996 when they became enamored with the Vallée de l’Agly (an area within the Pyrénées Orientales in the southern portion of the Langeudoc-Roussillon) and its breathtaking landscape, prompting them to rent the estate. The old Grenache vines on the property showed vast potential immediately, conveying the different characteristics of the terroir. In 2008 François officially purchased Mas Janeil, constructed a new wine storehouse and partially revamped an old irrigation system. Mas Janeil is 59 acres and situated in the commune of Maury in the Roussilon region at the base of a cliff which harbors Château de Quéribus (Cathar Castle). The estate overlaps a geological fault which allows for an array of different soil types including, schist, granite, limestone and shale. This region experiences a Mediterranean climate consisting of mild winters and hot, dry summers which is well suited to viticulture. In an effort to combat the effects of climate change and respect nature, a drip irrigation system was installed on 15 acres of the estate in 2014 utilizing gravity, as the original system is on the upper part of the estate. The plan is to continue to equip their remaining vineyards in the coming years.
Mas Janeil is committed to sustainable agriculture and does not use pesticides, weed killers or any synthetic chemicals in any of the vineyards. Consequently, an eco-responsible logo can be found on the back of the bottles which depicts their internal chart of not impacting the environment. Additionally the winery has been testing techniques and is working towards a future of sulphur-free wines. Les Hauts de Janeil selections are made with the same philosophy in mind as the estate Mas Janeil wines but are meant for earlier consumption and crafted with grapes from both the Mas Janeil and neighboring vineyards which are closer to the coast.
Grape / Blend
Pays d'Oc, France
This is light and easy right off the bat, with subtle hints of underripe pear, mango and pineapple peel. The palate is similarly light in feel, though with a bit more fruity intensity expressed in flavors of sweet orange, peach and pineapple flesh. The finish is short, but clean.