AOC Minervois LE GRAND VIN MILLESIMÉ PAR LE VENT


Président Philippe Coste
Directeur Stéphane Roux
35 quai des Tonneliers
F.11200 HOMPS
Tél. 33 (0)4 68 27 80 02
Fax. 33 (0)4 68 27 70 90
www.leminervois.com
minervois@cru-minervois.com

Appellation
The Minervois territory is a vast amphitheatre bordered by the Canal du Midi to the south, the Montagne Noire to the north and extending from the heights of Narbonne to the gates of Carcassonne.

Géology
The Clamoux, Argent Double, Ognon and the Cesse all run down the Montagne Noire to the Aude and, over time, have created a series of terraces made from stones, clays, schiste and limestone. The landscape alternates between these terraces and limestone and clay marls.  The higher altitude areas consist of limestone plateaus.

Climate
Mainly Mediterranean with ocean influences to the west (Clamoux and Côtes Noires) with difficult winters in the Causse at altitudes above 300 m.

Grapes
Syrah, Mourvedre (minimum 20%). Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Lladoner Pelut (minimum 60%), Carignan, Cinsault, Terret, Aspiran, Piquepoul for the red wines (40% maximum). Marsanne, Roussanne, Maccabeu, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache, Vermentino and small berry Muscat for the white wines.

Vinifications
Red : traditional whole berry following stripping.
Rosé : saignée or pressing.
white : direct pressing, sometimes partial vinification in vats. Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois: natural sweet winel.

Key figures

  • 5 000 hectares
  • 1100 producers
  • 30 cooperative wine producers
  • 222 private wine producers

Rendement max autorisé

  • 50 hectolitres/hectare

Production

  • 155 000 hectolitres
  • 94% red, 2% white, 4% rosé)

Sales

  • 165 000 hectolitres 2005/06
  • General Distribution : 25%, Export: 28%