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Roger Voss

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Wines from Minervois

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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)

  • Editors' Choice
  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

Chateau du Donjon 2014 Rosé (Minervois)

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  1. $16

A chalky minerality leads the nose of this Minervois rosé, mingling seamlessly with the centered notes of garrigue, crushed carnation, strawberry hull and red cherry. Medium bodied, this boasts a slightly creamy texture that’s countered by ample acidity, keeping the palate lifted and the finish bright.

 — L.B.  (10/1/2015)
90
points

Gérard Bertrand 2011 Syrah-Carignan (Minervois)

  1. $19

Creamy, lush oaky notes harmonize with brambly berry and black cherry aromas and flavors on this accessible, modern-style Minervois. The palate is full of ripe fruit and sweet oak characteristics, with moderate tannins to provide some structure. Drink now.

 — L.B.  (8/1/2014)
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)
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