viernes, 30 de agosto de 2013

Château de Sérame Minervois AOP 2008, France


- Vintage : 2008

- Varietals : 37% Mourvédre, 28% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan

- Terroir : The parcels of vines used in the production of Minervois are planted on terroir with remarkable potential: the soils are covered with magnificent gravel slopes which allow the Mourvedre, the predominant varietal, to ripen late, yet fully, and also bring good balance to all the different grape varieties cultivated.

- Vinification : Pre-fermentation cold maceration for some batches, thermoregulated fermentation. Ageing : 12 to 14 months in oak barrels.

- Tasting : The wine reveals excellent colour with ruby highlights. The nose, very elegant is characterised by red fruit aromas, a touch of minerality and hints of mocha. The wines' intense, fresh structure from the Mourvedre supports elegant body. The tannins are ripe and silky. The wine's distinguished finish exudes perfectly balanced aromas.

- Food and wine matching : Taste with game or meats cooked in sauce (guinea fowl, rabbit), spicy dishes or cheese.

- Gold Medal : at the Concours Mondal de Bruxelles 2011

- Silver Medal : at the Decanter Wine World Awards 2011

- Price : £10.99


Minervois is an AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. The red wines of the Minervois appellation are produced from Carignan (which can account for no more than 40% of the blend), Grenache, Lledoner Pelut, Mourvedre, and Syrah grapes. The white wines (which are less prevalent) include varietals such as Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Maccabeu, Bourboulenc, Rolle, Clairette Blanche and Muscat.

AOC regulations require the wine to be blended, so single varietals are necessarily Vin de Pays. Historically, the region's capital has been the village of Minerve.


The Languedoc-Roussillon region is dominated by 740,300 acres (2,996 km2) of vineyards, three times the combined area of the vineyards in Bordeaux and the region has been an important winemaking centre for several centuries. Grapevines are said to have existed in the South of France since the Pliocene period - before the existence of Homo sapiens. The first vineyards of Gaul developed around two towns: Béziers and Narbonne. The Mediterranean climate and plentiful land with soil ranging from rocky sand to thick clay was very suitable for the production of wine, and it is estimated that one in ten bottles of the world's wine was produced in this region during the 20th century (Robinson 1999:395). Despite this enormous quantity, the area's significance was often overlooked by scholarly publications and commercial journals, largely because very little of the wine being produced was classified under an appellation contrôlée until the 1980s (Joseph 2005:190).

Several entrepreneurs such as Robert Skalli and James Herrick drastically changed the face of the region, planting more commercially viable grape varieties and pushing for new AOC classifications. While the AOC system has origins in the 15th century, the Languedoc-Roussillon has some appellations like the Cabardès which have existed by law only since 1999 (Joseph 2005:190).

The region is the largest contributor to the European Union's glut (dominance of supply over demand) of wine known as the wine lake.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region has adopted a marque to help market its products, in particular, but not limited to, wine. The 'Sud de France' (Southern France) marque was adopted in 2006[3] to help customers abroad not familiar with the Appellation system to recognise those wines that originated in the L-R area, but the marque is also used for other products, including cheeses, olive oils and pies.

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