Some 40 years ago, the Languedoc was just one big appellation that pretty much grew everything under the sun. From vegetables to fruit and finally wine grapes, the Languedoc had it all except a reputation. It was because of people like Gontran Dondain who purchased the 65-acre estate, Chateau Cabezac, some 25 years ago that things began to change. He realized that there were many sub-appellations that were different and needed to be recognized. Minervois, where our selection hails from, was one of the first to attain acclaim.
Today there are more than 20 different appellations in the Languedoc. Each one is making their own unique wines and sealing their mark with the quality. The Minervois has always been one of our favorites.
Our selection is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 20% Carignan. Each grape is picked and vinified separately, giving the winemakers many choices on how the final wine will be blended. The key ingredient here is the Carignan, which accounts for some of the oldest vines in France and contributes much more of the flavor than its percentage would suggest.
The deep, dark color signals the heft of the wine to come. Flavors of spice and black pepper are followed by black and red fruit components that engulfs every nose pore. The experience is complete with semi-aggressive tannins ready to lay claim to the roasted meats of the area like wild boar sausages or leg of lamb lathered in garlic and oregano.