2016 Domaine Romanet Montcélèbre, Minervois La Livinière Borealis – 20.00€
Audrey Rouanet is the new kid on the block of Minervois La Livinière, making her first wines in 2012, and her first Minervois La Livinière in 2016. Audrey’s father bought a rundown estate in 1987; he pulled up vines, replanted and sold his wine en vrac to Vignerons Val d’Orbieu. And when he announced in 2002 that he intended to sell the property, Audrey said; that is out of the question. She had known since the age of 15 that she wanted to be an oenologist and that is what she studied at Bordeaux, and then she travelled extensively before returning to the Minervois. Her vineyards are in the hills above the village of Cesseras.
This is a satisfying blend of 30% Grenache Noir and 70% Syrah, with fresh peppery spice, on both nose and palate. There is a touch of oak, which is well integrated. A nicely crafted palate, with firm elegant fruit and a long finish.
Domaine Rouanet Montcélèbre,
2 rue de la Carrétal,
Tel 04 68 91 37 88