I remember ordering a bottle of Mas de Gourgonnier years ago at one of my old haunts Moustache.   It was probably over 10 years ago and this little squat bottle of wine made an impression.  So when I saw the 2008 Mas de Gourgonnier sitting in a local shop for $17.00 I decided to take a trip down memory lane.  I don’t like to say that I only like natural wine, it just happens that most wines I like happen to be natural.  And often I don’t find out until after the fact.  Ridge is a perfect example.   Their wines made such an impression on me every time I tried them, and only later did I find out that they are made very naturally.  So I was excited to discover that this old favorite from Provence is made naturally as well.  And while they are probably using this fact as more of a marketing tool these days, it is great to know, and it definitely confirms what a charming bottle of wine this is.  I am going to seek out more bottles of Mas de Gourgonnier, as they are great value, and can readily be found in many shops.

Mas de Gourgonnier – 2008 Les Baux de Provence ~ $17.00

This Provençal red is a blend of 37% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Carignan, all biodynamically farmed and vinified in stainless steel.  The color is medium red garnet in color and medium bodied.  As the wine gets some air it opens up with aromas of anise, lavender, savory herbs, and minerals.  There is also a nice fresh and spicy character on the palate and the wine lingers without being heavy.  There are some lite tannins there too which suggest the wine will age well for several years, but is drinking well now.  Imported by Michael Skurnik Wines.  RECOMMENDED – GOOD VALUE