Terres Noires
Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Mas Samsō and Terres Noires highlight this difference in soil, with both retaining great minerality. They are both made with 100% Macabeu, harvested from plots 1km apart. The vinification is also identical: the grapes were harvested at the same level of maturity, direct pressed and aged for 8 months in steel tanks. Mas Samsō is grown on clay, producing a richer, more creamy, rounded wine which is both fruity and bitter. Terres Noires is from black schist made from clay compressed by the Pyrenees. It is a wine which oscillates between reduction and oxidation. Be sure to decant both before drinking.

This wine is part of
Volume 48: The unexpected edition