Mas de la Lionne
In the summer of 2008 Doug Graves made a major life change. He retired from the aerospace industry, sold his house, and moved from Seattle
to France to make wine. He became the new owner of Mas de la Lionne, a small wine domaine in the Cotes du Rhone, which produced red and rose wines. As an American winemaker living in the Cotes du Rhone, Doug brings a unique perspective to the region and also a unique palate to the making of the wines. It all began when Doug and his wife Debbie took their first “Wine Trip” to France in 1995. For years they were always dreaming about the one day they might just try to get to the Rhone Valley - permanently.
Doug decided to take up winemaking as a hobby. His first vintage was in 2001, making a small quantity in his garage to gain a better understanding of the entire wine-making process. He founded GRAVES CELLARS in Seattle in 2005, making Walla Walla Valley Syrahs. In 2006 I engaged (via the internet) with a local vineyard real estate agent to see if I could make it come true. In November of 2007, Doug got an email from a real estate agent with a new listing in France - Mas de la Lionne; a wine domaine with a vineyard (10 acres), working winery with all the equipment, and a house…so on Independence Day – 14 July Doug and Debbie jumped immediately into the farming, harvesting and winemaking tasks leading to the first release – Cotes du Rhone 2008.
Doug also has a passion for sharing his knowledge of the region, and can take you on a tour - to see not only Mas de la Lionne but other excellent vineyards in the area. You can contact Doug here.
With its typical Grenache garnet coloring, this wine offers nuances of red cherry and strawberries on the nose. On the palette, these are joined by smoky spices on the finish. With its subtle tannins it is a great complement to any al fresco meal
Salmon pink colored, this wine brings hints of citrus as well as bright red cherries, with floral under-tones. It’s a great summer ‘al fresco’ lunch and aperitif wine. And is also great with light dinners of pizza or pasta.
A typically rustic Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The nose brings aromas of dark fruit and spice, while hints of jammy red fruits and chocolate arrive in the mouth. This is the wine for those hearty meats, as well as for finishing the meal with cheese and fruit.
With its typical Grenache garnet coloring, this wine offers nuances of red cherry and strawberries on the nose. On the palette, these are joined by smoky spices on the finish. With its subtle tannins it is a great complement to any al fresco meal.
Made from a selection of old-vine fruit, this cuvee has the deep garnet color associated with mature vines. Aromas of dark red fruits combine with a hint of chocolate. In the mouth, essences of strawberry jam and cooked cherries join in, with a hint of tobacco on the long finish.