Domaine La Croix Saint Jean Lo Mainatge Minervois 2019 92pts
La Croix St. Jean was established in 2004 by Michel Fabre, a grape grower and winemaker. Three generations of Michel’s family, his father Robert and his son Alexis, are involved in the business. The wines are aptly named the father, ‘Lo Paire’, and the child, ‘Lo Mainatge’, in Occitan to reflect this.
The Fabre family specifically selected schist, limestone and clay soils on the slopes of the Black Mountain at different altitudes (80-300 meters) to plant their vineyards. This north-east corner of the Minervois appellation, known as Les Causses, is slightly cooler, bringing freshness and delicate aromatics to the wines. They have 18 hectares planted with Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre and the vineyards are sustainably farmed.
70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
As usual, it’s fruit-forward, delivering oodles of raspberries and black cherries, tinged with hints of garrigue and black olives. It’s medium to full-bodied, supple and reasonably intense, with enough savory nuances of herb and spice to keep it interesting sip after sip. Pair with grilled meat and Italian dishes.
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