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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Chateau de Paraza Minervois Cuvee Speciale 2007
Chateau de Paraza Minervois Cuvee Speciale 2007
(search item no. 102759)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $10.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Ruby red with purple rim variation. Nose: Intense with notes of blueberry and gooseberry. Taste: Full bodied, fresh and harmonious, rich in its fruitiness.
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About Ch√Ęteau de Paraza:

The estate stretches over 130 hectares. The vineyard is located on sloping ground with a southerly orientation and a soil suited well to the vine. The vineyard extends over 65 hectares, 50 of which are given to vines classified as A.C. Minervois and 15 to the local vin de pays d'OC.

Before becoming essentially a wine producing business, over the centuries the property enjoyed many different activities including the cultivation of olive groves and cereals, as well as the breeding of large herds of sheep.

Minervois is one of the oldest Mediterranean vineyards. Its soil was indeed chosen by Romans so as to establish the first vines in Languedoc Roussillon. The castle's vineyard is , located in the soil called "Les Serres". The average age of the vineyard is twenty years. The estate grows 30% Syrah for dark fruit and spice, 30% Grenache for roundness and red fruits, 20% Mourvedre for structure, color and deep aroma, 10% Carignan and 10% Merlot for violet and roasted red fruit.