CLOS DE L’ESCANDIL Minervois Rouge “La Liviniere” 1999

Clos de l’Escandil is a terraced vineyard situated above the town of La Liviniere, recognized as the best vineyard terroir in the Minervois appellation. Planted in chalky soil, yields are extremely low. All fruit is hand-harvested, table-sorted, and thoroughly destemmed prior to Burgundian-style fermentation in small tanks. A cold soak of 48 hours was followed by a 21 day cuvaison with twice-daily cap punching. The cuvee then spends 18 months in oak barriques (1/3rd new). Deeply colored, it boasts intense aromas of sweet raspberries, exotic spices, garrigue and subtle oak. A full-bodied, concentrated and firmly structured wine with ripe black fruit, olives and uniquely provencal herb flavors. Bottled unfiltered.

The use of the description AOC Minervois La Livinière (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) is covered by a decree of 1999.

The territory covered by this appellation is that of six villages : Azillanet, Cesseras, Félines-Minervois, La Livinière and Siran in the Hérault and Azille in the Aude. The total extent available to this appellation amounts to 2,600 hectares of which, in 1999, some 150 hectares are being exploited by 20 indiviual producers and 4 Cooperatives for a total production of 6,000 hl.

The land in this sector is arid, with a low rainfall between 400 and 500 mm giving a large deficit in the summer. Hot summer days are contrasted with cooler airs descending from the Causse during the nights.

In order to use the appellation “AOC Minervois La Livinière”, the wines must be made only from specified grape varieties and the use of these varieties is subject to some limitations on percentage content within the wine’s makeup.

There is a target yield of 45 hectolitres per hectare and a limit specified for maximum production yield per hectare of 54 hectolitres, a minimum planting density of 4000 plants per hectare for all new plantings or replantings and some constraints on the methods and styles of pruning.

Wines are limited to the following varieties : grenache (minimum 60%), syrah (minimum 40%),
mourvèdre, lladoner-pelut noir, carignan, cinsault, picpoul noir, terret noir & aspiran.

AOC Minervois La Livinière wines must have a minimum alcohol content of 12% volume and be produced from grapes harvested when well ripe. Well ripened grapes must have a minimum sugar content of 200g/l.

To qualify for the La Livinière label, the wines must be matured at the vineyard at least 15 months before being bottled. The date of 1st November of the year following the harvest has been specified as the earliest date for bottling. During the period of maturation, the wines will be sampled twice before qualifying as AOC Minervois La Livinière and a third sampling will check the quality prior to bottling.Read Espresso Machine Review on CoffeeDx


In Minervois, as in much of old Europe, the events which marked the social landscape were in the main derived from the activities of the christian churches in the middle-ages trying to impose their power over the peoples. The more ancient times of pre-history had the decency not to interfere with the social landscape, the small pockets of people tended at that time to be nomadic and if settled, to be in such small groups that they left no marked imprint on our surroundings.

First and foremost perhaps in the impact on the modern mind, we have the associations with the Albigensian Crusades when the King of France joined forces with the Pope to oust and destroy what they called the Cathar heresy. These events have left their mark with the remains of chateaux at Minerve and Lastours. If the crusade started in Beziers with the burning of the many in the church on 22 July, 1209, it didn’t delay much before attacking Minerve which it crushed after a long siege in the summer of 1210.

But before the Albigensians, the Romans were here and they too have left traces of their passing. The Roman conquest was not a feature of the christian churches but by the time of the fall of the Roman empire, the main conurbations were largely christianised whereas the rural areas remained pagan and more open to some of the less mainstream religious groups.

After the Albigensian crusades, the catholic church restructured its organisation, in 1318, and the regional divisions resulting from the subdivision of the Narbonne diocese continued for many centuries and were adopted after the French Revolution when the boundaries of the present day administrative departments were decided. The splitting of the Minervois between the departments of the Aude and the Herault, then, dates from the reorganisation of the diocese of Narbonne in 1318. It is only now being overcome by the establishment of working parties across the two departments to study and make proposals to present a unified image of the Minervois to the rest of the world. The modern driving force is the economic power of tourism.


BODEGAS BAJOZ Cano “Tinta de Toro” 2001

One of the most successful stories is the development of the old, old
vines of Toro. The Tempranillo (Called Tinta de Toro here) produces a jammy
rich wine, and the evolution of the local coop, now membering over
140 farmers – from a barn to a state of the art metropolis, this is a great
success story – the wines of the Bajoz are hot hot hot –

2001 Cano “Tinta de Toro”

“75% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) & 25% Grenache, with 30-80
year old vines. No oak, 100% fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Deep, intense cherry red in colour. On the nose, intense and concentrated
black and red berry fruits (cherry, raspberry etc.). On the palate, full bodied
yet easy drinking and very juicy. Bursting with personality and fresh,
concentrated mature berry fruit. Nice structure and soft tannins.
Supple from the Garnacha. Pleasant, juicy, long finish.…


DOMINGO MOLINA Torrontes “Cafayatte Valley” 2003 – ARGENTINA

In the Veneto, near Treviso, there are vineyards that are incredible.
They were planted by the Loredan family in the 1500’s and produce a wine
(the Venegazzů Della Casa) considered like one of the best ones of Italy.
They say that this wine of family frees of all the sins. It is a metaphor that
assimilates it to the blood of Christ… In Cafayate, It jumps, more indeed in
Yacochuya, the family of Osvaldo Wood Domingo elaborates, to 2,000 meters
of height, a Malbec that sanctifies. The Domingo Molina Malbec 2000 shows
a red color with violáceos sparks, complex aromas and to paladar seráfico, of
aterciopelada texture and prolonged presence. He has 14.5 degrees and he
packaged himself without leaking so that nothing altered its purity. The
Domingo Molina Malbec 2000 ($ 35) is a great wine of height, fantastic also
to drink it single… but in angelical company.

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IL LA FORGE/MICHEL MAS Viognier “Vin de Pays” Vignes des Combes 2003 – LANGUEDOC

A group of four family wine farms covering 150 acres of vineyard on the low hills bordering the Hérault River Valley in Languedoc in the south of France. They are not far from the port of Sète on the nearby Mediterranean, from the small town of Pézenas which inspired the famous playwright Molière, and from such magnificent historic sites as the Canal du Midi, built by Paul Riquet in 1790, and Valmagne, once an impressive Benedictine Abbey.

The Domaines Paul Mas vineyards have been planted with Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan and Cinsault grape varieties for red and rosé wines, and best keurig coffee makers 2017. The vines are on the gravely, clayey limestone hills of the Hérault Valley and on the fossil-bearing limestone hills overlooking the Thau Lake. The wines are delicious, but each also has its own personality, bringing out the best in the specific soil and microclimate in which those particular grapes have been raised. The Domaine makes a special point of preserving this specificity with a system of intelligent, planned management.

The story of Paul Mas started in 1892 : the family was originally farmers near Saint-Pargoire and Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens in Hérault County in Languedoc. They subsequently expanded towards Montpellier (the regional capital not far from Sète) and towards Pézenas.

From 1892 to 1934 Auguste Mas farmed 22 acres of vineyard on the Mas de Bicq.
Raymond Mas, Auguste’s son, extended the farm by buying the Montredon Estate with over 35 acres of vineyard. From 1954 to today: Paul helped add to the family wine-farm, raising the area under vines to almost 300 acres, before the brothers each went their own way in 1987.
Paul Mas and his sons, Michel and Jean Claude, continue the great family wine-farming tradition.…