Terroir: Minervois is one of the great appellations of southern France. Situated on the rugged hillsides soaking up the warm Mediterranean sun, the region produces wines of combined elegance and power. This Minervois is sourced from the dry area of Les Mourels and Les Coteaux which extends from Caunes to Aignes, where the wines on slopes grow hand in hand along with the garrigue on sandstone soils, less sensitive to dryness. In the western village of Caunes, Syrah are planted on cooler places which take advantage of the first oceanic influences. Growing on limestone clay soils, Syrah is able to withstand to a dry year thanks to the clayey subsoil water retention capacity.
Vinification: The Hecht et Bannier Minervois is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and a touch of Carignan vinified in a combination of concrete tank, large neutral oak cask and oak barrels.
Onctuous and sensual, Minervois reveals intense berry fruit flavors. Dominated by the rich and peppery Syrah, this wine is exceptionally soft with silky fruitiness coming from the Grenache.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Gillian Sciaretta
Dried cherry, balsamic and licorice notes are the hallmarks of this full-bodied red, with supple tannins framing herb, olive tapenade and spice notes that weave through the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Drink now through 2022.
Score: 87 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Giving up plenty of roasted plum, fig, chocolate and licorice aromas and flavors, the 2014 Minervois is medium-bodied, rounded, and nicely textured on the palate. It has plenty of fruit and is a charming, enjoyable Minervois to drink over the coming 3-4 years.
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