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Wines from Minervois

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91
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Domaine Sainte Léocadie 2007 Les Clauses Red (Minervois)

  1. $25
A stunning Minervois red composed of 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan. Garrigue definitely takes center stage on the nose via thyme and lavender, with a strong black cherry and raspberry backbone. A lush, satiny texture with dusty tannins and a rich mocha-infused finish.  — L.B.  (12/15/2010)
91
points

Abbotts 1999 Cumulo Nimbus Red (Minervois)

  1. $36
An impressively concentrated wine, now maturing well, with flavors of herbs, lavender and chocolate, very ripe tannins and spice from the American wood aging. Think of this as Cornas in Languedoc—the power is similar.  — R.V.  (12/31/2006)
91
points

Abbotts 1999 Cumulo Nimbus Shiraz (Minervois)

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  1. $35
Though "oak dominates" this wine, "it’s sexy." Bacon, espresso and dark chocolate add compexity to the oak-derived aromas. Full and smooth in the mouth; tobacco and dried spices, plus some black plum flavors, resonate on the palate. Finishes long with black oak and tannins.  — W.E.  (11/1/2001)
91
points

Abbotts 1998 Cumulo Nimbus Shiraz (Minervois)

  1. $35
This wine proclaims itself with forward and nicely integrated aromas of black currants, lavender and toasty oak. The wine displays a great deal of finesse, and the mouthfeel is velvety and rich, with dried cherry and anise flavors that extend through the spicy, long and even finish. A very impressive red with some tannins to lose, this is one Minervois that’s…  — M.M.  (11/1/2000)
90
points

Hecht & Bannier 2009 Red (Minervois)

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  1. $25
Attractive red-plum and berry fruit aromas and flavors lay the framework, while supporting accents of garrigue, pepper and leathery spice add depth and character. A lush fruitiness floods the palate, but is countered with a mineral tang and a touch of smoke on the lingering finish.  — L.B.  (12/1/2012)
90
points

Chateau du Donjon 2008 Cuvée Prestige Red (Minervois)

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  1. $25
Beautiful gamy notes are backed by a lush fruit core of juicy, softly mulled boysenberry, blueberry and raspberry. It’s full and round on the palate, and there’s enough acidity and tannic structure to keep the rich flavors in check. Sweet spice and dusty bittersweet cocoa remain through the long close.  — L.B.  (2/1/2012)
90
points

Château Cabezac 2007 Belvèze Red (Minervois)

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  1. $30
Although this blend of 75% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache spends 18 months in French oak, the outcome is surprisingly balanced and elegant, with gorgeous mineral notes to the bouquet alongside earthy spice, garrigue and ripe red berries. Everything transitions seamlessly to the smooth mouth, with a silky structure that provides a bit of grip to the close…  — L.B.  (2/1/2012)
90
points

Loup Blanc 2007 La Mère Grand Red (Minervois)

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This Grenache-heavy blend (with 20% Syrah) offers a good amount of bittersweet cocoa powder and rich jammy black berries and all-fruit preserves on the nose and mouth. A hint of gaminess adds interest to the bouquet, while the crushed velvet texture and firm tannins transition into a long finish laced with earthy spice.  — L.B.  (2/1/2012)
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