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Mas Peyre is a true family affair. After 20 years as a pillar of the local cooperative, the Bourrel family departed and founded the domaine in 2003. Claire manages the business and the shop, while Gerard tends the vineyards; sons Baptiste and César handle the winemaking and marketing, respectively. Based in the village of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, on the western flank of the upper Agly Valley, the Bourrels now farm nearly 37 hectares and celebrated their 10th anniversary by completing conversion to organic viticulture in 2013. Vineyards in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet (black schist and marl) and further west in Prugnares (argile-calcaire) range from 350-400 meters in altitude, balancing warm days with cool nights, preserving the freshness and energy that is a hallmark of their wines. From these, the Bourrels produce a range of vivacious, organic table wines in addition to their Rancio sec and Maury.

    White Wine
    Mas Peyre Cotes du Roussillon 'La Cuvée Peyre' 2021 bottle

    Mas Peyre Cotes du Roussillon 'La Cuvée Peyre' 2021

    FranceRoussillon 12.8% ABV

    12.8% ABV

    ‘La Cuvée Peyre’—‘the stone wine’ in the Occitan dialect of its historic denizens—is a wine of place, of terroir. Predominantly Grenache blanc with a small percentage of Vermentino, it is farmed organically and harvested from the Bourrel family’s schist-laden Espanel vineyard in the high, windswept Agly Valley of northwest Roussillon. Fermentation is in new 220L Allier oak, followed by five months on the lees in INOX, and it is bottled without added sulfites, heightening the wine’s transparent expression. Full details

    Mas Peyre Cotes du Roussillon 'La Cuvée Peyre' 2021 label
    Red Wine
    Mas Peyre IGP Côtes Catalanes '1ères Soifs' 2020 bottle

    Mas Peyre IGP Côtes Catalanes '1ères Soifs' 2020

    FranceRoussillon 13.0% ABV

    13.0% ABV

    1ères soifs (premières soifs) means ‘first thirsts’. This ‘vin de soif’ is 100% organic, made with grapes hand-harvested by the Bourrel family on their old-vine Carginan parcel, Les Flamands. Grown at altitude on the far western flank of the Agly Valley in Roussillon, the combination of warm days and cool nights give the wine its fresh, bright fruit and exuberant character, while its rocky schist soils lend depth and complexity. Full details

    Mas Peyre IGP Côtes Catalanes '1ères Soifs' 2020 label
    Mas Peyre Maury Hors d’Age ‘La Rage du Soleil’ NV bottle

    Mas Peyre Maury Hors d’Age ‘La Rage du Soleil’ NV

    FranceRoussillonMaury AOP 17.0% ABV

    17.0% ABV • Fortified, Oxidative

    First established in 2003, this singular Maury solera was augmented with small lots each year until 2008, then rested quietly in barrel until bottling in late 2016. 100% Grenache noir, the name ‘Rage du Soleil’ alludes to the heat of Roussillon and the enduring nature of its old vines. Oxidative, yet still primary, this deft wine boasts notes of cherry compote, spice cake and cocoa powder; tobacco leaf, bitter orange and rose pepper. With lightly drying tannins balancing the wine’s inherent richness, expect a continued graceful evolution in the bottle. Enjoy with creamy blue-veined cow’s milk cheeses, with nuts and dark chocolates. Serve slightly chilled or at cellar temperature. Full details

    Mas Peyre Maury Hors d’Age ‘La Rage du Soleil’ NV label
    Rancio Sec/Vi Ranci
    Mas Peyre ‘Le Démon de Midi’ Rancio Sec NV bottle

    Mas Peyre ‘Le Démon de Midi’ Rancio Sec NV

    FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP 17.0% ABV

    17.0% ABV • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

    The Bourrel family inaugurated this solera of overripe, old-vine Macabeu grapes in 2005. Grapes are harvested by hand at 254 g/l residual sugar and, placed into the first of three barrels, are allowed to slowly ferment to dryness. Subsequent elevage in the partially-filled barrels creates an oxidative environment; bottled at an average of six years of age, the ‘Démon de Midi’ (noonday demon) takes on notes of almond, garrigue honey and leather, with a touch of salt emerging at the finish. Full details

    Mas Peyre ‘Le Démon de Midi’ Rancio Sec NV label