Minervois Wine

 

Minervois is an appellation in the Languedoc, in southern France.The most widespread grape variety is still Carignan, though others, such as Syrah, Grenache, Cinsaut, and Mourvedre, are beginning to take over. Indeed, Syrah and Mourvedre must now account for at least 20% of the blend for red Minervois. The enforced move away from Carignan, as well as advances in winemaking, have combined to make many of the wines great values. Some are downright excellent, yet most still sell for under $15.

White Minervois is made from Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Vermentino, Rolle, and Maccabeo. A sweet white wine labeled Minervois Noble is also made, as well as some Vin Doux Naturel under the obscure appellation of Muscat de St-Jean-de-Minervois.
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  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

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  • Domaine Combe Blanche

    Domaine La Combe Blanche is located in the fairly obscure appellation of Minervois in France’s La...

  • Domaine Borie de Maurel

    Of course we could tell you the usual story that we have made wine here for thousands of years. W...

  • Abbotts Brothers

    Created in 1996 by Nerida Abbott and Nigel Sneyd, “ABBOTTS” has been bringing a modern approach t...

  • Château de Gourgazaud

    Le Château de Gourgazaud Le Minervois The Minervois is one of the most ancient vineyards of the ...

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Minervois on Snooth

  • Domaine de Barroubio Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois 1999

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    Picked this up while on the island of Kauai. Very nice little treat. Floral bouquet and amber color, slight dry apricot on the palate. Of course it's sweet, it's muscat. Bordering on late harvest. Yum! Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Chateau Grand Corbier Minervois 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Just opened Le regal du Loup from Minervois 2009 and I feel like someone is asking me to drink a handful of robust dark berries that have been scraped with singed pine needles, passing into a faint smell of cannibus..... the other bottle i have open is the Bogle Phantom; both leaving me with a slight burn in the throat... Feel like it's an unluc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine la Tour Boisee Minervois 2011

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    A bit smoky on first whiff with slightly spicy and earthy aromas of cherry and date fruit on the nose. Big on entry and moderately firm with fine backing acids and rounded tannins lending this body and richness on the palate. The flavors show a fine blend of black cherry fruitiness with leather and dried herbal notes along with late arriving mu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Talking of Minervois,I had a bottle of Chateau Saint Jacques d'Alba back in June which I thought gorgeous.I did write up a review on Snooth Read More

    Forum post in the topic Helping hand in Languedoc...


  • Greetings to all from sunny Languedoc, thanks for taking the time to resond, I ... Les Aspres area. As for the Minervois, again, plenty of people doing great things wine-wise here, can't begin to list them all, but I'll throw in Chateau Cesseras because they've been ploughing their furrow for a very long time, they don't tend to shout about th... Read More

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  • Very good to hear from you, Louise, and thanks for offering to contribute!Can I ... Who are the winemakers in Minervois I should pay closest attention to right now, for maximum pleasure? I used to travel to southern France a lot, but not so much the last few years. Currently located in Tokyo, and it's hard to keep up from way over here.It's har... Read More

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  • Had a very good Minervois over the last couple of nights Chateau Saint Jacques d'Alba  Minervois  2004 plenty of fruit, well structured tannins and a hint of pepper or spice ,another example of how the south-west of France is moving from quantity to quality in its wine.I still have a bottle of the 2009 vintage in my cupboard to look forward to. ... Read More

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  • Chateau Saint Jacques d'Albas Minervois 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot on www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/56628 .The Minervois AOC was granted in 1985 for red, white and rose wines [though most are red ] in western Languedoc to the north of the Corbiere. Chateau Saint Jacques d'Albas is an ancient 180 acre property,40% of which is given over to vineyards that was bou... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Maris Syrah la Touge 2010

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    Biodynamic 85% syrah, 15% grenache.A touch reduced on the nose with decidedly stinky base notes along with light and rather elegant floral perfumes all meeting over a core of leathery and slightly dried plum fruits. Just a bit thick on entry, this has plenty of fine grained tannins to help add volume and support the fruit in the mouth, though th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vermentino and rolle are the same thing!!!

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