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.
– Description from juliabutareva

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  • Syrah

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

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Cinsault

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

  • 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

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

Subregions of Minervois

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  • Château de Gourgazaud

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

  • Château Maris

    British bio-dynamic wine maker Robert Eden has built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Cru ...

  • Abbotts Brothers

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

  • Domaine Borie de Maurel

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

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Minervois on Snooth

  • Château d'Oupia Minervois 2007

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    Black fruit, chocolate, and nut. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Château d'Oupia Red Rhone Blend Minervois Rosé 2008

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    the better of two rose wines we tried. Smooth finish. A little butter. I'm confused that the varietal is syrah, I thought it was supposed to be Grenache. Read More

    Wine review by drsloat


  • Coupe-Roses Minervois la Bastide 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by clrasmussen


  • Chateau Vaissiere Minervois 2005

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    I was delighted when I tasted this subtle, warm and engaging, medium-bodied wine. It is not as stark and simple as a Cotes du Rhone, though in the character of the fruit, it resembles one, to a degree. I like it better; it seems more substantial. This will not earn 90 points on anyone's scale but it is welcoming and a good accompaniment to red... Read More

    Wine review by 104965Diderot 104965 Diderot


  • Château la Bouscade Minervois Sept Vents 2004

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    Nice nose but midpalate to finish was way overfruity. Took everything away from the oak and the weight of the vino. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Château Massamier la Mignarde Minervois-la Livinière Domus Maximus 2001

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    First off, the nose keeps changing on me--strongly. It has the smokiness, which gave me distinct impressions of tobacco at first, then chocolate, then WOAH! coffee after I let it breathe a couple hours. I definitely prefer this one aerated. Both the fruit and the tannins calmed down tremendously, and now I get melon flavors rolling around my ton... Read More

    Wine review by Brookelp


  • Château Maris Syrah Minervois la Touge 2006

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    deep red color, hearty dark fruit and smokey oak nose, medium long smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by qmckenna


  • Château Maris Syrah Minervois la Touge 2006

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    deep red color, smokey oak on nose, with dark fruit overtones, med + body and long smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by qmckenna


  • Chateau Villerambert-Julien Minervois 2002

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    Surprisingly excellent Red with true rafinesse and of a quality you rarely get ... anthing like that, but this Minervois can compete with wines in a much more elevated price range. Also try the 2007 rosé, it's simply magnificen Read More

    Wine review by lifestylestudent


  • Domaine la Combe Blanche "Calamiac Terroir" 2005

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    Rich and slightly rustic in style, the wine has aromas of plums, cassis, blackberries and herby bramble, with candied fruit and chocolate notes that yield to licorice, spice and tar as it unfolds. Ripe tannins and acidity give the wine structure. Full bodied with a long finish, the wine is made from a blend of 30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Cari... Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


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