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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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
Formed in 2002, Hecht & Bannier makes wines intended to become reference points for the Languedoc-Roussillon, France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region. Founders Gregory Hecht and François Bannier: “To conserve the typical Mediterranean strength in our wines while preserving balance and crispness, this is our mantra for all the appellations we produce.”
For being in a country that is known for wine regulations, the Languedoc enjoys a great amount of freedom in its winemaking. With over 700,000 acres under vine, some of the most exciting and best value wines of are coming from this enormous and diverse wine region. Some refer to it as the new world of France. The region stretches along the land...Read More About Languedoc-Roussillon
Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...Read More About Other Red Blends
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