Minervois is one of the great appellations of southern France. Situated on the rugged
hillsides soaking up the warm Mediterranean sun, the region produces wines of combined
elegance and power.
Most of our selections come from the dry area of Les Mourels and Les Coteaux which
extends from Caunes to Aignes, where the wines on slopes grow hand in hand along with the
garrigue on sandstone soils, less sensitive to dryness. Thanks to this cold late summer, the
best, deep colourful Syrah kept its intense and tasteful fruit. In the western village of Caunes,
Syrah are planted on cooler places which take advantage of the first oceanic influences.
"Hecht & Bannier's 2007 Minervois leans heavily on Syrah from La Liviniere, along with some Grenache and Carignan. Prior to bottling (and with the blend subject to small final adjustments), it smells of cassis, marjoram, and white pepper. Lush and silken in texture on the palate, it combines richness with vivacity and freshness of fruit to a remarkable degree, especially for its appellation. A suggestion of beef juices mingles with juicy black fruits, and the finish offers a long, savory, saline, positively invigorating persistence. I suspect this will outpace its predecessors, offering enormous pleasure for the next 5-7 years.
The Wine Advocate