Area: Minervois is an AOP wine produced in the foothills of the Montagne Noire, straddling the departments of Hérault and Aude. Recognized as AOC since 1985, this appellation covers an area of over 4,000 hectares between Narbonne and Carcassonne, the Montagne Noire and the Canal du Midi. Near the Montagne Noire, the soil is mainly composed of pebbles, sandstone, shale and limestone. Further south, veins of shale and marble make up most of the soil. The appellation produces predominantly red wines from the following main grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The Mediterranean climate is characterized as being very windy (over 300 days per year). It dries the vines after the scarce rainfall and keeps the vineyards healthy and pest free. These wines have a good aging potential are defined as soft and velvety, with silky tannins and aromas of ripe fruit.

Grape varieties: Grenache and Syrah. We select the grapes following grape variety, soil, and maturity.

Soil: Clay, limestone and silica.

Winemaking process: Traditional vinification with light pumping over in the early stage of the fermentation, followed by fermentation in temperature controlled tank.

Domaine des Frères Gilles is in charge of bottling this wine. The company was created in 1970. All the work, from vine growing to winemaking is taking care of by the family and year after year, they managed to expand their vineyards that represent 100 hectares nowadays.

Tasting notes: Purple-red robe with an elegant nose. Fruit-forward, with notes of blackberries and blackcurrants. Supple as well as full-bodied, the tannins are well-rounded to give a well-balanced wine.

Service: To be served with red meat, deli meat and cheese. Temperature of service: between 16° and 18°C.


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