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Minervois Wines

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Colours
Red (90%), Rosé, white

Area
Minervois - 4,285 hectares
Minervois Livinière - 2,600 hectares

Production
93,580 hectolitres

Ageing ability
2 - 4 yrs (up to 8 yrs for great vintages)

Grape varieties
Reds - Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Lledoner, Mourvedre, Piquepoul
Whites - Grenache, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Macabeu, Roussanne, Vermentino

Food Choice
Beef medallions with chanterell mushrooms, game

Minervois

Vines have been a feature of the Minervois countryside for more than 2,000 years. The village of Minerve itself was the centre of the famous Cathar tradgedy. The vineyards, on mainly limestone terrain, runs down in a series of terraces from the foot of the Montagne Noire to the river Aude. It is visible from the motorway between Narbonne and Carcassone, resembling a disorderly chessboard of vines nestling among gently rolling hills.

Minervois-la-Livinière

Five communes nestling in the foothills of the Montagne Noir were granted special status under the Minervois-la-Livinière appellation: Azillanet, Cesseras, Siran, La Livinière and Félines-Minervois. They produce exclusively red wines obtained from low-yeilding Grenache, Syrah and Mourdvèdre grapes.

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