“a universally great vintage across the region and is certainly one of the finest in the past decade….in my experience Minervois produces some of the most voluptuous, sexy and perfumed wines of the Languedoc. This could be due its warmer climate and mostly south-facing terroirs. Top producers here include Domaine Anne Gros (this estate is in the higher elevation, northern Cazelles region, which I suspect will be another cru soon)” – Wine Advocate regarding 2015 vintage in the Languedoc.
Les Carrétals is a very special high elevation 1.07 hectare vineyard planted in 1909 to Carignan and Grenache on limestone and clay.
“My favorite in the lineup is the 2015 Minervois les Carretals and it’s blend of very old vine Carignan (planted in 1909) and Grenache that was destemmed and aged 14 months in barrel. This beauty gives up notes of cassis, singed leather, crushed rocks and liquid violets. Rich, full-bodied, beautifully polished and layered, it has a great mid-palate and is one seriously good red. Give bottles a year and drink through 2024.” – 94 Points – Wine Advocate