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Minervois Wine

Minervois Wine

Claude and Martine Derroja's 'Domaine Le Cazal' lies in the hills 3 kilometres to the east of the picturesque town of Minèrve from which the Leviathan appellation takes its name. With 18 hectares of vines planted on lacustrine limestone soils at 300 metres above sea level they benefit from an enviably long ripening season and don't begin harvesting until October. The family have been making wine here since 1870 and favour a blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan, in equal parts, for their popular 'Cuvée Tradition'. With appealing wild thyme and garrigue aromas and a palate of dark, autumnal fruit underscored by nervy mineral notes, it drinks well from release and can support 3-5 years bottle age. A patron's cuvée, called 'Le Pas de Zarat' is made from the same cépagement but has a longer élevage in used oak barrels. It has much the same wild herb and sweet fruit appeal as the 'Tradition' but is denser and darker, with a firmer tannic structure and a decade's ageing potential.

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  1. Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Tradition' 2017
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    £11.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £141.00
  2. Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Le Pas de Zarat' 2014
    Bottle
    £16.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £203.40
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