Mas Seren Etincelle Blanc 2016
Mas Seren is a virtual Narnia, nestled among forested hills and babbling brooks in the heart of the Cevennes in southern France. We first met Emmanuelle Schoch almost a year ago and from the first moment we knew we were onto somthing special. Her welcome was warm, and she gave the tour with her husband in their 1986 VW Vanagon. We were jealous--it was the camper version.
In order to reach her vineyards we drove 30 minutes through the Cevagnol countryside, down narrow roads and up and down switchbacks. It was glorious. When we came to a stream in the road Emmanuelle explained how the small concrete bridge was destroyed the day before harvest in 2014. It required them to pick all the grapes, get them by tractor to one side of the creek, then move them by hand to the other side and onto their truck. The story speaks to Emmanuelle's tenacity. Her vineyard situation may have struck me as fantasyland, but sometimes the work is all nightmare!
As with all of Emmanuelle's wines, this one has an astronmical meaning--an Etincelle is a 'spark', the moment when the sun re-appears after an eclipse.
I would call this wine Emmanuelle's 'welcome mat' to Mas Seren. It combines two of the great "V" grapes in the wine world--Viognier and Vermentino. As with all of Emmanuelle's wines, there is no oak to be found. An all tank fermentation and aging leads to a wine that is bright, aromatic, and lively. Just perfect for warm summer days.