Minervois is an AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region, in the departments of the Aude and of the Herault. Historically, the region’s capital has been the village of Minerve.
AOC regulations require the wine to be blended (at least 2 varieties), so pure varietal wines must be Vin de Pays. The red wines of the Minervois appellation are produced from Syrah and Mourvedre, Grenache and Lladoner Pelut (minimum 60%); and Carignan, Cinsault, Piquepoul, Terret, and Rivairenc (maximum 40%). In any case Syrah and Mourvedre needs to be at least 20% of total, and Piquepoul, Terret, and Rivairenc needs to be no more than 10%.
Not far from the famous Carcassonne fortress at the foot of “La Montagne Noir” are the 30 hectares of the Minervois vineyards of the Château de Villeneuve. This renowned family-owned company is the third generation to produce this spicy-elegant representative of the French way of life.
Intense dark chocolate, Turkish delight aromas. On the palate the wine is smooth with silky sweet tannins. Opulent.