How Good is Ciry Cattaneo Malabestia Minervois?

2016 Ciry Cattaneo ‘Malabestia’ Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Rating: 91/100

Malabestia is made by younger winemaker David Ciry, a newly established vigneron within the Languedoc wine area of Southern France.

Educated in Champagne and Bordeaux, Ciry is a advisor winemaker for a number of producers in his Languedoc space in addition to on the worldwide scene, with a ardour for exact winemaking, natural viticulture and a pure expression of terroir in his wines.

Malabestia is, to date, his fundamental cuvee from Minervois, comprised of 60% Grenache Noir, 25% Carignan and 15% Syrah, a typical mix from the world.

The property in addition to all Ciry Cattaneo wines are licensed natural.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc crimson is available in a darkish and reasonably intense crimson shade certainly. It seems almost black to the core, not your vastly darkish wine however nonetheless fairly intense. The rim is of a darkish crimson as effectively, deepened by purple hues.

The nostril is youthful, considerably restrained for a Languedoc wine. Pungent citrus aromas of grapefruit and lime are shocking, bringing in a way of zesty vibrancy to the dominant cranberry notes.

Pink cherry and white pepper, a soapy and vanilla really feel. Advanced and intriguing it’s to scent at, considerably disconcerting!

Put the wine in your mouth, and also you notice that is clearly a Languedoc in a dry type, boasting a wealth of acidity-tasting flavors, from its elevated cool local weather terroir.

Clearly, and unusually, it is a crimson wine that includes extra citrus, orange juice and lemon flavors, along with acidic cranberry flavors, than your common cooked-red-berry-flavored crimson wine profile you typically get from Minervois.

The palate bursts with spicy white pepper tones and a juicy tanginess from a pointy acidity, accentuated by dense however edgy phenolics.

Lengthy and layered end, exploding in lemon and acidic kiwi fruit flavors.


Such a youthful, tangy, acidic, and concentrated younger wine, it’s considerably disconcerting and tough to apprehend precisely. The fruity expression is so sharp, and considerably exact at this stage, that it retains itself away from easy approachable enjoyment.

A concentrated and precisely-made Languedoc wine this actually is nonetheless, boasting an explosive wealth of character, layered complexity and a uncommon acidity.

This all guarantees that this wine, whereas capturing in all instructions and a bit disconcerting in the meanwhile, will evolve into a posh and shining star of precision and complexity sooner or later, because it smoothens up and develop over time.

A wine to cellar, unusually, to be one of many only a few that may witness that look of a vivid shining star in Languedoc and be one of many only a few first adopters of what is going to actually change into a staple in Minervois.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

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