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Bilingual Post: Feuille & "third leaf" meaning in French?

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From planting the vines to pressing the grapes.... It is a great pleasure today for Jean-Marc to present to you his first Provence rosé. (photo of Jean-Marc and our son Max)


    : leaf; sheet


La vigne commence à donner un peu de fruit dès la troisième feuille (Ampelographie Française)
The vine begins to produce a bit of fruit around the third leaf (cycle).

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    by Jean-Marc Espinasse

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J'ai le plaisir de vous parler aujourd'hui de la façon dont j'ai élaboré Mas des Brun Rosé 2016. Ce vin est issu des vignes de Mourvèdre et Cinsault que nous avons plantées en 2014.

I am pleased to speak to you today about how I elaborated Mas des Brun Rosé 2016. This wine comes from the vines of Mourvèdre and Cinsault that we planted in 2014.

planting vines in vineyard France Bandol

Deux ans et demi après la plantation de ces vignes, soit ce qu'on appelle "la troisième feuille," il est possible de vendanger et déclarer une production. Comme les vignes sont encore très jeunes, j'ai décidé de ne faire que du rosé.

Two and a half years after the planting of these vines, or the so-called "third leaf", it is possible to harvest and declare a production. As the vines are still very young, I decided to make only rosé.

grape vines south of France Provence Bandol

Le 03 Septembre 2016, de 6H à 9H30 du matin, une équipe d'amis est venu vendanger les raisins avant qu'il ne fasse trop chaud. C'est très important de pouvoir rentrer en cave des raisins frais afin de pouvoir travailler le plus naturellement possible en cave. Puis, pendant la journée, nous avons pressé ces raisins, et le jus, après avoir été clarifié, est parti naturellement en fermentation alcoolique.

On September 3, 2016, from 6:00 am to 9:30 am, a team of friends came to harvest the grapes before it was too hot. It is very important to be able to get the freshly picked grapes right to the cellar in order to work as naturally as possible in the cellar. Then, during the day, we pressed these grapes, and the juice, after being clarified, started to go naturally into alcoholic fermentation.

Après un nouveau soutirage, la fermentation malo-lactique est intervenue naturellement. Il est très rare que l'on fasse faire cette fermentation dans le sud de France car elle diminue le niveau d'acidité mais j'ai décidé de la faire pour deux raisons importantes :
- Parce que pour bloquer cette fermentation, il faut rajouter du souffre, ce que je ne veux pas puisque je veux faire un vin naturel
- Parce que la fermentation malo-lactique donne du gras au vin et lui apporte une dimension gastronomique tout en ayant un faible taux d'alcool (12%)

After a new racking, malo-lactic fermentation occurred naturally.
It is very rare that this fermentation is done in the south of France because it decreases the level of acidity but I decided to do it for two important reasons:
- Because to block this fermentation, it is necessary to add sulfur, which I do not want since I want to make a natural wine
- Because malo-lactic fermentation gives fat to the wine and gives it a gastronomic dimension while having a low alcohol content (12%).

Au final, j'ai élaboré un rosé digeste et structuré à la fois. Il se boira plutôt en mangeant du poisson mais aussi des viandes blanches et les desserts. Il me plait aussi parce qu'il est totalement naturel. Si vous avez l'occasion de le déguster, j'espère qu'il vous plaira aussi.

In the end, I elaborated a rosé of high drink-ability and structure at the same time. It is best tasted along with fish but also white meats and desserts. I also like it because it is totally natural. If you have the opportunity to taste it, I hope you will also like it.


Mas des Brun Rosé is currently available with :

- French Country Wines, 2433 Bartlett St, Houston, TX 77098. Tel : 713 993 9500
Cork & Fork Logan Circle  1522 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005. Tel : 202 588 5766
Planet Wine,
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2004 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. Tel : 703 549 3444
- Bouchon, 62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. Tel : 828 350 1140

Our wines will soon be available around Los Angeles CA, Portland OR and Phoenix AZ. We will keep you posted on where to find them in these locations
For France and Europe deliveries, contact us at jean-marc@mas-des-brun.com. We can ship =)


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