Red (90%), Rosé, white
Minervois - 4,285 hectares
Minervois Livinière - 2,600 hectares
2 - 4 yrs (up to 8 yrs for great vintages)
Reds - Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Lledoner, Mourvedre, Piquepoul
Whites - Grenache, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Macabeu, Roussanne, Vermentino
Beef medallions with chanterell mushrooms, game
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.
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.