The name 'Minervois' comes from the scenic village of Minerve, a historical place in the Languedoc wine region. Minervois is just North of Corbières and slightly further inland. Minervois produces mostly red wines, which are generally full-bodied and strongly structured. Although Minervois wines are not meant to age for long periods, the red wines can be very tannic in their youth and will soften with a couple years in bottle. Rosé wines are also common, and white wines tend to be dry and mineral-driven from Minervois. Pierrick Harang, winemaker of PH Wines, maximizes the value of his wines by sourcing fruit from growers to make his line-up of value oriented wines. You may recognize his name from the Petit Balthazar Merlot that was previously featured in WineCollective. Les Chemins de Felines is 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, a classic blend from the Languedoc-Roussillon. Some of the fruit is sourced from one particular organic vineyard, which is very old. Enjoy within the next two years, chilled to 18C.
Incredibly purple, with a dark core and brighter edges.
When we note 'garrigue' flavours and aromas, it is indicative of rugged Mediterranean senses, from rolling hills of sun-baked rocks, wild herbs of juniper and thyme, violet and lavender. Together with plum and fruit cake, this wine transports us to the Minervois.
Opulent and bold profile on the tongue, with more garrigue and earthy qualities. The fruit is darker, black plum and more specifically the plum skin. The tannins are big and sticky, with moderate acidity and medium + body. The finish is dry and layered with a bit of chalky minerality and rustic-ness.
Classic suggestions are to pair with mature cheeses or grilled meats. We think a richly flavoured sauce over slow-roasted lamb shank would be perfect.
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette
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