The best wines of the Minervois (2) appellation are red and are produced from Carigan (which can account for no more than 40% of the blend), Grenache, Lladoner Pelut, Mourvedre and Syrah grapes.
The Minervois wine region is one of the largest of the Languedoc Roussillon. Close to 15,000 hectares of vineyards, with 5,000 hectares dedicated to the production of wines of AOC status. There is also a large range of Vins de Pays and table wines. Within the Minervois are 3 AOC’s: AOC Minervois, AOC Minervois La Livinière and the Muscat of Saint Jean de Minervois.
The Minervois has had AOC status since 1985 and comprises 61 villages (16 in Hérault and 45 in Aude) Production is 94% Red wine, 4% Rose and 2% White.
Minervois La Livinière
AOC since 1999 6 villages (5 in Hérault and 1 in Aude). Main grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre & Picpoul.
Saint Jean de Minervois has held AOC status since 1946. It comprises one village, Saint Jean de Minervois. It produces a natural soft wine. There are only 230 hectares in production growing the Muscat Petit Grain variety.
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