Striking launch from Paul Mas
Arrogant Frog producer Les Domaines Paul Mas is set to launch a new range called Striking French.
Striking French Viognier and Merlot 2012 (rrp £9.99) are grown in the Coteaux du Limousin in the cooler eastern reaches of the Languedoc, and part-fermented in American oak.
Paul Mas has bought 100ha estate La Ferrandière in Aigues-Vives in the Aude region between Corbières and Minervois.
The estate grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Marselan, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Viognier on ungrafted vines in limestone clay with a saline tendency because it used to be a sea lagoon.
The acquisition means the company now owns eight estates in the Languedoc.
Owner and winemaker Jean-Claude Mas has also created Astelia, a top-end range dedicated to his three daughters Astride, Elisa and Apolline.
The range, rrp £30, comprises a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre, and will be on taste at France Under One Roof on March 3.