Patricia Domergue also brought a few examples of Minervois la Livinière to show us, as follows:
2008 Domaine Ste Eulalie, la Cantilène Made by Isabelle Coustal
Quite a deep young colour. Very perfumed leathery fruit; quite dense and ripe on the palate. Rounded with some firm tannins. A touch of alcohol on the finish, with 14º.
2007 Château Faiteau. Jean-Michel Arnaud.
Quite deep colour; rounded with ripe cherry fruit, and a firm tannic streak. Quite dry and leathery on the finish. Youthful. Should develop
Domaine la Combe Blanche, la Galine, Guy Vanlanker
Medium colour; quitea rounded, perfumed nose. Quite ripe, with warm spicy fruit and a warm leathery finish. 14.5º but the alcohol is better integrated than some.
Domaine l’Ostal CazesThe back label tells you that this is a blend of 70% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 10% Grenache Noir and 5% Mourvèdre and that the wine has spent fifteen months in wood. Deep young colour; quite a warm, young, spicy nose. You are certainly aware of the oak on the palate, more than any of the others, with some firm structured tannins. Medium weight and quite a fresh finish.
2005 Domaine Borie de Maurel, la Féline, Sylvie and Michel Escande. Their son Maxim now makes the wine.
Quite deep young colour; fresh leathery fruit on the nose. Attractive cherry peppery fruit, with a certain freshness. Medium weight with some tannins. Evolving nicely and in the tasting it benefitted from being the oldest wine in the line up.
And my next posting is an introduction to Minervois la Livinière, which I wrote for Patricia about four years ago. If anyone is wondering what differentiates Minervois la Livinière from Minervois tout court, it should explain the differences.