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Our appelations to the Minervois from the Caroux.

For some powerful Languedoc red wines, try the AOP Minervois, Minervois-La Livinière and Saint Chinian, Saint Chinian-Berlou and Saint Chinian-Roquebrun. For natural sweet wines, ask for the famous Muscat "petits grains" from St Jean de Minervois. For livelier white wines, try the wines of the upper Orb valley. The range of rosés is quite wide.
The whole area from Minervois to Caroux in Haut-Languedoc benefits from the national label Vignobles & Découverte (Vineyards & Discovery) "Minervois, Saint-Chinian, Faugères" in order to highlight the wines, the appellations and the wine tourism offer of the terroirs.

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The vine also produces flowers!
But they are so discreet that they go unnoticed.
However, in mid-June, their perfume invades the vines and reminds us of the very volatile scent of honeysuckle. 

Pour une DEGUSTATION et pour RENCONTRER NOS VIGNERONS, retrouvez la liste de ceux qui vous accueillent au caveau :  

For a TASTING and to MEET OUR WINEMAKERS, find the list of those who welcome you at the cellar: LIST OF WINE GROWERS

Le Minervois


Vignedautomn4PhMalric minThe vineyards of the Minervois in the Hérault region stretch out in successive terraces, from the foothills of the Montagne Noire to the Canal du Midi. On exceptional terroirs, between limestone and mourels, the different grape varieties soak up the wind and the sun to offer wines of great richness and diversity to be discovered in moderation.
Due to its geographical extension, this great Mediterranean appellation, located on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noire, reveals a mosaic of climates and landscapes. The diversity of the terroirs is determined by the simple layout of the geological structures.
The sedimentary layers, of Tertiary age, rest on the ancient base of the Montagne Noire and plunge steadily southwards towards the Minervois syncline. Three sets of rocks, stretching from east to west, follow one another from north to south: the shales of the ancient basement, alternating limestones and marls of varying degrees of marine origin, and the sandstones and fluvial silts of the Minervois Molasse.
Although they all have a good southern exposure, the terroirs derive their diversity from the variety of the bedrock and from an altimetric gradient that takes the vines from 400 m in altitude in the north, to less than 50 m in the Aude corridor.
The Minervois region of the Hérault is made up of three terroirs which differ in their soil and climate characteristics.

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The terroir of the Petit Causse begins at Félines-Minervois and extends to Azillanet, including La Livinière, Siran and Cesseras. It stretches from the plains and terraces to the foothills of the Montagne Noire, announcing mountainous landscapes to the north. The vine, the dominant plant element, coexists with low scrubland and numerous pine forests. On the hilltops, the vines take the place of the garrigue. The variety of soils (hard and soft limestone, schist, sandstone, quaternary terraces) offers a diversity of wines and allows the adaptation of many grape varieties, including Syrah, requiring a relatively large and regular supply of water.
It is a terroir of character: a clay-limestone and sandstone soil, stony, dry on the surface, cool at depth, a topography of small sloping or terraced plots.
The hot climate is tempered by the altitude and by the fresh air (the Cers) coming from the nearby Montagne Noire, with large differences in day/night temperatures, favourable to the development of aromas of garrigue and candied fruit.

The Causse terroir:
A high altitude terroir located in the central part of the Minervois, it reveals a strong geological identity. Between the Oignon valley to the west and the Cesse valley to the south and east, it is situated on a vast limestone plateau, sloping towards the south and incised with magnificent canyons, such as the Cesse canyon in Minerve. It extends over the communes of Minerve, La Caunette, Aigues-Vives and as far as Saint-Jean-de-Minervois. Here, the vineyards rub shoulders not only with the southern scrubland, but also with the very white limestone of the Cesse and Brian gorges. The plots are smaller because of the more uneven terrain. The morphology of the plots may depend on the nature of the soil. Very chalky and poor, they do not prevent the vine from establishing itself, the roots can go very deep to draw their water reserves (a few dozen metres) by following the cracks. However, the elders have always favoured land that is easier to work, such as the bottoms of valleys, where the soil has been able to accumulate. The presence of vernacular agricultural buildings (mazets, capitelles, dry stone walls, etc.), strong visual elements of the Mediterranean landscape, can also be seen on the edge of the vineyards.
Grenache and Carignan, Mediterranean grape varieties, appreciate the heat and dryness of these causses

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The terroir of the Mourels stretches from Azillanet to Agel, passing through Beaufort, Oupia and Aigne. The Mourels are rocky ridges formed by raised geological layers and crowned by a sandstone bank. We find the alternation between spontaneous vegetation and vines with the same contrasting effects depending on the season. Here again, the location of the vines is influenced by the nature of the soil. Sandstone, unlike limestone, is very difficult for roots to penetrate, so there are no vines on the summit of Mourels. It is one of the hottest and most arid soils in the Minervois. It produces concentrated, warm and complex wines with red fruit aromas. 


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