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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

Dom. Borie Blanche Minervois La Livinière Label Pictures

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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