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Minervois

Of all the more established A.O.C's in the Languedoc (created in 1985) Minervois is arguably the one that has made the greatest progress in establishing a reputation for fine wines. Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault are the traditional varieties, but Syrah  is now much more predominant, with Mourvedre also used occasionally. Though the Minervois possesses a variety of different landscapes and "terroirs", with subtle differences in style, the best wines are always elegant and well-balanced, characterised by soft berry fruit flavours, liquorice and violets. The Minervois La Liviniere "cru" is a more recent creation that requires (broadly speaking) lower yields, more selective (usually higher) vineyard sites, greater emphasis on Syrah and longer ageing (often in barrel).

Jancis Robinson wrote in Wine Spectator – November 1996......

"Perhaps the single most exciting wine development I've witnessed this decade has been the transformation of the Languedoc from biggest (boo) to hottest (hooray) wine region in the world… for seriously exciting, terroir-laden, characterful, supple wines (mainly but by no means exclusively red)....."

Domaine Combe Blanche Calamiac Terroir 2014 Minervois
Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Medium/full bodied - aged in vat
£ 9.95
Domaine Combe Blanche La Galine 2014 La Liviniere
Syrah, Grenache, Carignan & Cinsault
Medium/full bodied - aged in old oak
£ 12.95
Guy Vanlancker Clos du Causse 2015 Minervois La Liviniere
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache
Full bodied - aged in vat - no oak
£ 14.50
Domaine Combe Blanche La Chandeliere 2015 La Livinière
75% Syrah, 25% Grenache
Full bodied - 18 months in old oak barrels
£ 16.99