Domaine Bressy-Masson

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Bressy tasting room (526 x 350)

The Bressy family have been cultivating vines since the 19th century. In 1947, the grandfather of the current owner, Marie-France Masson was the first generation to ferment wine from the family vineyards. With no siblings, Marie-France (maiden name Bressy) took over at a young age when her father died suddenly. Marie-France’s husband, Thierry Masson manages the vineyards and the winemaking. The domaine has 32 ha (78 acres), mostly in the cru of Rasteau with some vineyards in Côtes du Rhône classification.The terroir of Rasteau is mostly on south-facing slopes with a little more clay than some other appellations and produces full-bodied wines.

The domaine is focussed on dry reds but also produces two, sometimes three Vin Doux Naturel (fortified) wines including the wonderful VDN Rasteau Ambré which is a partially oxidised wine aged for several years in old barrels without topping up after evaporation. The winemaking is traditional, with the reds fermented and partially aged in concrete. Some of the wine is aged in foudres (very large, old oak barrels).

Wine Details

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Côtes du Rhône Red: Majority Grenache with Syrah and Carignan. Matured in concrete. Ageing potential: Up to 4 years

Rasteau: Majority Grenache with Syrah. Young to middle aged vines on south-facing slopes of clay, limestone and stones. Matured in concrete. Ageing potential: Up to 5 years

Rasteau “Cuvée Souco d’Or”: Majority Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. Older vines on rolling hills. Aged in concrete and old, large oak barrels. Ageing potential: Up to 7 years

Rasteau “Cuvée Paul Emile”: Very old vine Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. Aged in concrete and old, large oak barrels. Ageing potential: Up to 10 years

Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau Ambrée: Previously labelled as “Rancio”. Fortified Grenache fermented without skins. Aged in old, oak barrels with no topping up, thus oxidation. Ageing potential: Up to 20 years

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Listed below: One in USA plus Texas retailers; Two in UK


Liner and Elsen

Ships to 49 states

Liner & Elsen CANNOT ship to the following 2 states: OK, UT.

Rasteau “Tradition” Red

USA – Texas

Most of the domaine’s wines are imported and distributed by La Cigale Wines. If not already in stock, the following retailers will order any of the wines on request, directly from La Cigale Wines:

Austin: Beverage World;

Twin Liquor, Lake Austin Blvd;

Twin Liquor, Hancock Center;

Twin Liquor, Hill Country Galleria.

Boerne: Boerne Wine Co.

Fort Worth: Put a Cork in it;

Grand Cru.

Fredericksburg: Elk Store

Houston: Houston Wine Merchant

Marfa: The Well

Bressy bottles (600 x 221)