Minervois 2013

Hecht & Bannier

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.

Additional Information

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.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Minervois
  • Winemaker: Gregory Hecht & Francois Bannier
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sandstone, Limestone, Clay
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Varietals: 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Carignan

Recent Press

  • Forbes Author: Nick Passmore
    Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
    Tangy blackberry fruit married with hints of earth and spice and impeccable modern winemaking.
    Grade: The Best 20 Red Wines Under $20
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Gillian Sciaretta
    Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
    "Pureed raspberry, plum and spice flavors are lined with dusty tannins in this fresh, focused red. Hints of milk chocolate add a touch of richness, with floral and spice notes lingering on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2018."

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