As the wines of the Languedoc continue to go from strength to strength, it's inspiring to see their level of quality rise where prices remain low.
The appellation of Minervois sits to the north of the famous Canal du Midi, alongside Corbières, and is arguably the most famous sub-regions of the Languedoc.
It also happens to be the source of our latest southern French gem: 2020 Minervois from Château Beaurivage.
Made mostly from 20-year-old syrah vines, an added grenache and carignan spiciness makes this an extremely generous, full-bodied red that hugely defies its price tag.
For me, it's the balance that really elevates a wine to greatness, and the Beaurivage is exactly that.
Its lusciously sweet, dark cherry and plum fruit comes through straight away, staying smooth and ripe, right through to a wonderfully long finish.
Velvety soft, there are simply no edges to this wine as it effortlessly delivers layer after layer of flavour.
The 2020 Beaurivage Minervois is made in a more modern style that still captures Languedoc’s traditional rustic charm. With everything to enjoy and absolutely nothing to detract, it could be the best new wine you try this year.
2020 Château Beaurivage, Minervois | £143.40 per case, £11.95 per bottle
Appealing warmth with bright, expressive summer-berry aromas. Big, rich, luscious and showy on the palate, with sweet plum fruit, a hint of spice, and very polished texture. A big hit with our buying team!
- Robin James, Head of Customer Experience