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 colorful 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.
Blend: 45% Syrah, 45% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan
"Bottled in July, 2010, Hecht and Bannier's 2008 Minervois, strikes pungently herbal themes - here, especially, lavender and rosemary - such as found in the corresponding A.O.C. Languedoc bottling, allied to tart-edged but ripe, juicy cherry and a saliva-inducing evocation of salted pan drippings. Bite of black pepper and piquant pungency of rosemary add to the punch of a mouthwatering finish offering refreshment you will seldom encounter from this appellation. I would not be surprised to see this remain lovely for 4-5 more years."
The Wine Advocate