Domaine La Rouviole Minervois A Tempo 2020

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Domaine La Rouviole Minervois A Tempo 2020

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Syrah 70%, Carignan 15%, Cinsault 15%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Domaine La Rouviole

Tasting notes - Flavours of Southern French 'garrigue', spicy red fruit and liquorice envelop this smooth and beautifully balanced palate which shows lovely purity of fruit.

Domaine La Rouviole Minervois A Tempo 2020

Flavours of the 'garrigue' of the South of France, redolent
of spicy red fruits, dense and well-structured with a robust
Producer Note
Domaine La Rouviole is located in the renowned Cru La Livinière area of Minervois, not
far from Carcassone in the Languedoc. For over 70 years, the estate has been in the
hands of the Léonor family. In 2020, the domain was acquired by M. et Mme Bour, who
plan to invest in the vineyard and cellar to further increase the quality of these lovely
terroir-driven wines. Franck Léonor remains as the winemaker, where he skilfully crafts
blends of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan from the finest and oldest plots on
the estate. The estate, which covers just over 40 hectare estate, includes vines,
garrigue and olive trees which flourish in the Mediterranean climate. Great care is
taken to hand-harvest the grapes at optimum ripeness and to express the terroir of the
area. The wines have been certified organic since the 2011 vintage.
2020 will be remembered for its changeable climate. The wet winter generously
replenished groundwater reserves, allowing budbreak to occur early. The warm, wet
spring was record breaking for high temperatures and rainfall, which in turn stimulated
intense growth, good foliage development and early flowering. The typically
Mediterranean summer, was hot and dry which allowed the vines to mature and the
fruit was harvested under good conditions.
Certified organic since the 2011 vintage, the vineyard is located in the heart of the ‘Petit
Causse’ terroir, in the Cru La Livinière production area, which lies between
Carcassonne, Béziers and Narbonne. The grapes are grown on hillside plots, on claylimestone soil. The clay component retains moisture and nourishes the vines through the
warm, summers while the limestone imparts elegance to the resulting wines. The
vineyard is orientated towards a southern exposure, which captures exceptional
sunshine, over 300 days per year, which enables the grapes to reach excellent maturity
and concentration. The Mediterranean is less than 25 miles away, which influences the
vines with cooling oceanic breezes. The vineyard is surrounded by scrubland, with
thyme, lavender, rosemary and almond, fig, cherry and olive trees all contributing to
the aromatic complexity of the wines. Debudding takes place in May, with green
harvesting in July, encouraging the vines to concentrate the flavours in the remaining
grapes. The harvest takes place by hand, with two harvests taking place in September.
The vines are approximately 40 years old and produce an average yield of 30
hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes were harvested by hand, destemmed and each variety was fermented
separately. Fermentation lasted for 15 days in stainless steel tanks to guarantee the
purest expression of varietal flavours. The wine was then aged for one year in tank.
Tasting Note
Flavours of Southern French 'garrigue', spicy red fruit and liquorice envelop this smooth
and beautifully balanced palate which shows lovely purity of fruit.
Syrah 70%, Carignan 15%, Cinsault 15%
Winemaker: Franck Leonor
Region: LanguedocRoussillon
Subregion: Minervois
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%

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