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How Good is Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois?

Wine Evaluations of 2015 and 2016 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois, natural reds from Languedoc, France

Les Hirondelles is the high-end cuvée made by younger winemaker David Ciry, a newly established natural vigneron within the Languedoc wine area of Southern France.

Educated in Champagne and Bordeaux, Ciry is a guide 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.

Ciry Cattaneo’s manufacturing is made solely of licensed natural wines, licensed by Ecocert.

Les Hirondelles is a wine made below the Minervois appellation, from a mix of a majority of Syrah (70%) with 30% Grenache Noir.

This can be a uncommon wine made in very restricted portions, as 2,260 bottles of the most recent 2016 classic have been produced solely.

Chosen grapes are hand-picked, with vineyards and totally different grape varieties vinified seperately.

After fermentation Les Hirondelles was aged for 12 months in 300-liter French oak barrels.

Positive beneath my opinions, rankings and tasting notes of the 2 vintages of Les Hirondelles that Ciry Cataneo has launched up to now, 2015 and 2016 vintages:

Wine Evaluations & Scores

2015 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois, Languedoc

Rating: 93+/100 factors

Total Evaluate Notes & Tasting Impressions

A particularly intense and concentrated crimson shade, dry and full-bodied, it boasts the generosity of ripe and barely jammy darkish berry flavors with a heap of vibrant spiciness.

Natural and pungently expressing the garrigue (thyme and rosemary) notes of its Minervois Languedoc terroir, the opulence of its fruit character is complemented and deepened by darkish oaky however well-integrated notes of cocoa, caramel, a touch of fireside smoke and French-roast espresso.

Comfortable and easy tannins on an oily texture, acidity for a beneficiant crimson, evolve on the palate in the direction of a juicy granulosity of its voluminous phenolics, for a salivating and juicy end, typical of natural reds that genuinely specific their origin.

Highly effective and pungent, it but tastes composed, delivering many deep layers of flavors with a relative finesse, a managed and funneled expression of an immense complexity.

When to drink 2015 Les Hirondelles?

This can be a wine that’s already excellent to drink now, that includes each the fruit freshness of its younger age, and the primary indicators of evolution after two years in bottle or so. The plain complexity the wine has acquired will definitely proceed creating and deepening additional for a strong 5 years. Ought to age and maintain nicely for about 10 years (drink 2019-2025).

Meals Pairing?

A wine construct for tasty but refined gastronomic dishes. A tremendous and natural barbecue meat, seasoned with Mediterranean herbs equivalent to thyme, rosemary or sage sound like the perfect match for such a spicy and natural, full-of-tension crimson.

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2016 Ciry Cattaneo Les Hirondelles Minervois, Languedoc

Rating: 92-94/100 factors

Total Evaluate Notes & Tasting Impressions

An excellent and grandly promising Languedoc wine crammed with monumental concentrated goodness delivered in lots of layers of easy refinement.

The liveliness of a comparatively cool micro-climate in a generously sun-abundant space of the South of France. The perfect of each worlds, mixed in a masterfully crafted wine, smoothened and augmented by apparent oaky notes, but a respectful reflection of its terroir.

That is clearly a child of a wine at this stage.

Wonderful to style and analyze now, however it can actually develop a lot additional and switch into an much more good wine. Give it a 12 months or two to settle in additional, 10 to 15 for those who’ve acquired the time.

It’ll simply face up to it and bloom over time. Drink 2020-2030.

Full Tasting Notes

This Minervois crimson is available in very darkish and intense crimson shade certainly, practically black to the core, and that includes intense darkish purple hues to the rim, clearly stating it guarantees to be a concentrated wine, and a younger one at that.

The nostril is powerfully fruity, crammed with deep darkish crimson berry notes. Blackberry and darkish cherry aromas shine via because the dominant notes in an ocean of candy spices, clove, nutmeg and black pepper, in addition to darkish caramel and stylish French vanilla tones.

It considerably feels highly effective to scent at, however extra importantly, it’s profound. You may sense the wine has quite a bit to inform however that it’s holding it to itself for now a minimum of as you scent it.

The palate strikes and surprises by it’s utter smoothness. This can be a pretty massive concentrated wine, with dense velvety tannins, a crisp acidity giving a pleasant liveliness to the dominant contemporary crimson berry flavors, on a dry but spherical oily physique.

But, the feel feels delicate, creamy and nearly silky.

Once more, the flavors are highly effective and concentrated. Recent berries as I stated, but additionally touches of combined berry jam, some plum and violet flower, marry complicated and deep Christmas pudding spices, ginger, nutmeg and clove. But, these are all delivered with a way of management and restraint, that the entire feels and style elegant and refined.

The nice steadiness between crispness and freshness of the crimson berry fruit character, and the opulence of a lot obviously-ripe fruity persona, is the excellent function right here, along with the salty barely savory really feel to the end.

A wine of terroir it’s as nicely…

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How Good is Château Maris Las Combes Minervois?

Wine Evaluation of 2017 Château Maris Las Combes Minervois Natural Purple, Languedoc, France

Rating: 89/100 pts

Las Combes by well-known vineyard Chateau Maris, out of Languedoc, is a Grenache-dominant mix of Grenache and Syrah, fermented via a maceration in tanks for one month with mild pumping over and ‘pigeage’ (punch downs) and a brief vinification of three months.

Additionally it is an natural wine, constituted of grapes grown utilizing the ideas of biodynamics.

Total Wine Evaluation & Tasting Impressions

A really tasty, considerably opulent Languedoc wine coming with a wealth of fruity and spicy characters.

It smells and style beneficiant, from attractive acidic combined crimson berry aromas and flavors, blueberry, crimson berry and boysenberry. Add a wealth of candy and lifted spices, nutmeg, combined fragrant herbs (Herbes de Provence, reminiscent of sage and rosemary) that present much more generosity.

The wine may be very dry with a salivating minerality. But, the beneficiant ripe fruity flavors, the spherical physique, and the graceful tannins give an total sensation of clean, nearly creaminess.

A really effectively made characterful Languedoc wine, that includes the exact expression of its terroirs, sun-ripped fruity flavors, with the natural and spicy notes from the native garrigue, all smoothened and deepened by well-executed winemaking, and the precise touches of caramely and vanilla aroma and taste oaky tones.

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

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2013 Château Maris Minervois La Livinière La Touge, Languedoc

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How Good is Borie Blanche Terroirs d’Altitude Minervois?

Wine Evaluation of 2015 Lorgeril Domaine de la Borie Blanche Minervois La Livinière Rouge, Languedoc, France

Rating: 91/100

Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril, pioneers of the Cabardès AOC in Southern France’s Languedoc wine area, have had a ardour for this different “piedmont” of the Montagne Noire the place the Mediterranean affect combines with the cooling breezes from the inland Causse (pure non-cultivated landscapes, or garrigue).

In 1999, the winemaking couple fulfilled a dream by buying Domaine de la Borie Blanche within the coronary heart of the Minervois.

Since then they’ve labored exhausting to deliver the very best out of this terroir and to reclaim the Causse, planting vines on very good, beforehand deserted schist plots within the coronary heart of the garrigue.

This Minervois La Livinière from Domaine de la Borie Blanche, a part of the Terroirs d’Altitude sequence, is a mix Syrah grown on schist (50%), Syrah vinified utilizing the carbonic maceration approach (similar winemaking course of as for Beaujolais Nouveau wine, for 20% of the whole mix), a 10% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre.

Lengthy vinification (20-35 days) in French oak vats (5000 liters),  with common pump overs, earlier than an ageing for 50% in French oak barrels and 50% in vats.

Tasting Notes

This Languedoc crimson is available in a darkish crimson colour certainly, practically black to the core, you possibly can hardly see via, and with a darkish but vibrant crimson colour to the rim, neither developed nor notably youthful.

The nostril is one in every of a younger wine although. Understandably, this IS a younger wine, judging by the label of the pattern that was despatched to me, this was an early pattern ready particularly for me. Though it is a 2015, I’m tasting it form of en primeur right here, earlier than launch in the marketplace a minimum of.

It does odor like a younger wine certainly, within the sense that it’s nonetheless fairly introvert, and clearly on the restrained fruity aspect of issues. Ripe blackberry and blended berry jam are there, barely shy nonetheless at this stage.

But, the nostril feels warming and welcoming, full of a great deal of beneficiant fruit character and spices, peppery notes in addition to comforting candy spices.

A smooth and oily palate options smooth tannins on a velvety texture, hovering round a candy/bitter sensation, between fruit, clovy spice and oaky caramel vanilla notes, lifted by smoky scents.


A beneficiant Languedoc wine, stuffed with character and contrasts, between ripe fruit generosity, ripe crimson berry, warming jammy notes and cooked fruit, loads of genuine spicy character, and nicely managed oak.

A exact winemaking creation, reflecting and respecting its terroir.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

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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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