A pair of Minervois- Rosemary George
“Bertie makes a variety of different wines. There is a textured Grenache Gris, Brama, Vin de France, from young wines. Les Anciens is mainly Carignan aged in 50 hl foudres for 15 months. Bertie enthused about Carignan. ‘It is a noble variety here, and it can stand up to the seasons’. This had the elegant rusticity that is the benchmark of good Carignan, with some firm red fruit. ”
Thanks to Armit Wines, I have recently enjoyed, and indeed compared and contrasted La Touge with les Combes.
2017 La Touge, Minervois la Livinière – £18.00
Deep young colour. Ripe spicy berry fruit on both nose and palate, with a balancing streak of tannin. Lots of red berry fruit. A lovely depth of flavour. Quite simply, the warm south in a glass, sunshine and garrigues, and all the more appealing on a cold winter’s evening with sausage and mash. Nicely balanced and drinking beautifully.
2017 Minervois Las Combes – £21.68
From old vine Grenache, and making a very appealing contrast with la Touge. The colour is much lighter, as you would expect from Grenache. And there is a wonderful liqueur cherry note on the nose, which repeats on the palate with a streak of tannin. Medium weight. A touch of alcohol on the finish and indeed it does reach 15°, but none the less retains its balance. A touch of cinnamon and spice, with elegance and depth.
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