We'd like to introduce our clients to the exciting wines from Minervois produced by Burgundian wine makers Anne Gros and her husband Jean-Paul Tollot. How better to do that than to come up with an unbelievable offer.
Having searched the Languedoc high and low for their dream vineyard site, husband and wife team Anne Gros (Domain Anne Gros - Vosne Romanee) and Jean-Paul Tollot (Domain Tollot-Beaut - Chorey Les Beaune) discovered 14 quite beautiful hectares of vines surrounding the tiny hamlet of Cazelles in the Minervois AOC.
Anne says 'we chose Cazelles for its soil diversity of limestone and sandstone on which are planted the four main grape varieties of
the region, Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. The vines were in excellent condition and of varying ages (much of it ancient), planted in an ideal location at the foot of the Montagne Noire at 220 metres altitude (similar to Vosne Romanee).
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They speedily set to work building a state of the art winery at the edge of the village attached to which they have cleverly added 3 attractive 'Gites' The architecture is rounded and curved reflecting its surroundings (hills, tanks, barrels, wine and even the road !) Materials used are minimal yet top quality. Attractive use of hard woods, stainless steel and terracotta tiles. The 2008 vintage is the first for the new enterprise.
Anne and Jean-Paul divide their time between their respective Burgundy domaines and Cazelles, pruning, harvesting and
wine-making. An extra pair of hands in the form of Thibault who helps work the 14 hectares using the 'lutte raisonee' method. Similar to practises in Burgundy, each parcel and variety is vinified separately in order to discover its own character and quality. After a year of ageing in tank and/or barrel the blends were decided on and the wine bottled in superior 'Authentique' Burgundy bottles.
These 2010 wines will arrive at the end of this month. Until 16 July 2012 we offer these wines at an incredible 50% Off! We urge you to try them, they are terrific wines produced by two great Burgundian winemakers on a mission.
2010 Minervois Les Fontanilles
Normal Price $45.00
Wine Advocate: A pre-assemblage approximation to the Gros-Tollot 2010 Minervois Les Fontanilles displays a gorgeous, bittersweet floral bouquet incorporating iris and gentian, allied to ripe but vividly bright black fruits and a scent of sea breeze. High-toned suggestions of almond extract and distilled herbal elixir add riveting complexity. A saliva-inducing salinity lends the finish here invigoration as well as the compulsion to take the next sip. This wine's combination of sweet ripeness with vivacity and the tendency toward nut extracts and distillate-like esters are characteristic for the striking 2010 material at this address. 91-92+ Points
2010 Minervois La Ciaude
Normal Price $55.00
These south-facing parcels ripen faster than those producing Les Fontanilles but I think the wine evolves rather slower. There is 1.3 ha of 25-year-old Syrah, 0.8 ha of 104(!)-year-old Carignan and 0.5 ha of eight-year-old Grenache - all the result of Gros and Tollot's constant addition to their holdings. Soils are mainly clay limestone.
2010 La 50/50
Normal Price $35.00
Special Price $17.50
The 50/50 refers to ownership of the domaine rather than the assemblage, which is made up of 30-year-old Carignan, 40-year-old Cinsault and 18-year-old Grenache. It cannot be sold as Minervois because it contains too much Carignan - although the permitted percentage yo-yos. From the same terroir as Les Fontanilles.
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