Minervois Wine

Minervois Wine

Named after Minerva (the Roman goddess of wisdom) by invading forces bringing vines from Italy, Minervois has long been an important enclave of viticulture. Free-draining elevated slopes and a long ripening season yield predominantly red wines although small volumes of white and rosé are also produced.

Based just to the east of the eponymous village of Minèrve, the Derroja family has been making wine at Domaine Le Cazal since 1870. Today, they have 13.5 hectares of mature vines growing on Lacustrine limestone soils that are planted with Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan. Their principal cuvee 'Tradition' is made from roughly equal volumes of all three grapes and has a wealth of ripe red fruit alongside briary hedgerow berry scents and flavours supported by supple tannins. It drinks well from release and makes a fine partner to warming roasts and stews and can be cellared for 3 to 5 years. A patron's bottling called 'Pas de Zarat' is made from the same blend of grapes but has a longer élevage in oak barrels. It has a little more black berry fruit character and wild herb appeal but is denser and darker and merits decanting.

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  1. Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Tradition' 2019
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    £12.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £155.40
  2. Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Le Pas de Zarat' 2018
    Bottle
    £18.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £225.00
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