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AOP MINERVOIS

Appellation area
The Minervois territory is a vast amphitheatre bordered by the Canal du Midi to the south, the Montagne Noire to the north and extending from the heights of Narbonne to the gates of Carcassonne.

Geology
The Clamoux, Argent Double, Ognon and the Cesse all run down the Montagne Noire to the Aude and, over time, have created a series of terraces made from stones, clays, schiste and limestone. The landscape alternates between these terraces and limestone and clay marls. The higher altitude areas consist of limestone plateaus.

Climate
Mainly Mediterranean with ocean influences to the west (Clamoux and Côtes Noires) with difficult winters in the Causse at altitudes above 300 m.

Grapes
Syrah, Mourvedre (minimum 20%). Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Lladoner Pelut (minimum 60%), Carignan, Cinsault, Terret, Aspiran, Piquepoul for the red wines (40% maximum). Marsanne, Roussanne, Maccabeu, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache, Vermentino and small berry Muscat for the white wines.

Vinification
Red: traditional whole berry following stripping.
Rosé: by saignée or pressing.
White: direct pressing, sometimes partial vinification in vats. Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois: natural sweet wine.

 

  • Key figures
    5 000 ha of vines
    1 100 producers
    30 cooperative wine producers
    222 private wine producers
  • Average yield
    50 hl/hectare
  • Average production
    155 000 hl (94% red, 4% rosé, 2% white)
  • Sales
    165 000 hl 2005/06
    General Distribution : 25%, Export: 28%

Source: CIVL

 

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