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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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Minervois is a wine appellation covering 61 communes in the Departments of Aude and Herault in the south of France. The appellation sits in a natural ampitheatre that rising from the banks of the river Aude. The appellation lies between the cities of Narbonne and Carcassonne. The appellation permits the production of red, rose and white wines. Red wines are made from Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Lladoner Pelut, Picpoul and Terret. The rules stipulate that Carignan must comprise less than 40% of the blend and together Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre must comprise more than 60% with Syrah and Mourvedre comprising at least 10% to ensure that Grenache does not dominate. Rose wines are made from the same grapes as the red wines but can also include up to 10% of the permitted white varieties. The permitted white varieites for the appellation are Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussanne and Rolle (Vermentino). Secondary grape varieties are Picpoul Blanc, Clairette, Terret Blanc and Muscat. The secondary varieties must comprise less than 20% with Muscat limited to less than 10%. from foodtourist.com – Description from Chez Loulou
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Minervois is one of the largest wine regions in the Languedoc-Roussillon area. Covering almost 15000 ha of vineyards. 5000 ha are dedicated to the production of AOC wines. In 1985 Minervois was granted it's AOC status.
The Minervois region is a good example of the great revolution that took place in the South of France the two decades. Strong improvements in production and vinification, have given the Languedoc-Roussillon wines an enormous boost. The moderate table wines from the past, have been replaced by artisan wines with terroir expression. Main grape varieties are Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Rousanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Vermentino.
Wine expert Robert Parker sees Minervois as the one with the best potential for the Languedoc-Roussillon.
AOC: Le Minervois– Description from piecesdevin
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