Minervois La Livinière, Clos Centeilles 2013
This remotely situated domaine is one of the region’s leading estates, run by Patricia Boyer-Domergue since 1990. Very elegant wines with a Burgundian quality are produced from the organically farmed 12 ha of vineyards. In the cellar Patricia uses only a small amount of oak and in some wines, none at all, preferring to keep the wines in tank longer. These are very fine wines from a very fine estate.
Since its creation in 1990, this wine presents intriguing qualities: initially light and expressive, becoming fuller and more rounded as it ages in the bottle. A vertical tasting provides an insight into its evolving character that acquires many of its attributes from Cinsault. This is a variety with so much potential, but due it being a difficult grape requiring specific conditions, many have resigned to simply using it to produce light reds or roses.
Centeilles remains the first domaine to make reds from this grape that is suitable for ageing..
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