Largest Wine-Producer in Languedoc Roussillon
Minervois appellation is located on the foothills of the Montagne Noire, straddling the Aude and the Hérault. It stretches for about 60 km from Narbonne’s gates in the east to Carcassonne in the west, and 50 m of altitude on the banks of the Canal du Midi up to 350 meters above the sea level in Cassagnoles, Southern France. This appellation covers 42.50 square kilometers and produces around 18,150,000 liters of wine on average annually.
Blessed Site For Vines
The vineyards are located in a climatic zone of Mediterranean type, characterized by hot and dry summers, but remain protected from the Black Mountain’s north winds. Soils are diverse and varied: stony soils, limestone, and shale. The climate also varies on the AOC zone: in the east, the Mediterranean climate is marked by sea winds charged with humidity; to the west, the Atlantic flows are well felt, the center is characterized by an arid environment which remains the hottest area of the vineyards.
Increasingly Aromatic and Refined
The main varieties used are Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The Minervois AOC produces mainly red wines. These wines with good aging potential are defined as soft and velvety, with silky tannins and ripe fruit aromas. The mouth is full and long. It should be noted that there is also a Vin Noble du Minervois appellation that applies to sweet dessert wines (made from Muscat, Grenache, and Maccabeu). It has a complex mouth, acidity seeking to override sugar, and the alcohol often feature this kind of wine.
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A part of the important features of Minervois appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Stony soils, limestone, and shale.
- Taste: Soft and velvety.
- Wine color: Red and a dark ruby cherry color.
- Aromas: Ripe fruit.
- Aging potential: 2 – 20 years.
- Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C
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