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Chateau de Rieux, Minervois 2017
Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache
Emmanuel de Soos
This Syrah dominant Minervois has lush, attractive blackberry fruit with richer liquorice and a touch of oak which continue on to the palate with sumptuous and silky tannins.
Picking by hand followed by fermentation with part of the blend aged in oak of varying ages prior to the final assemblage and bottling.
Chateau de Rieux is a family estate created in 1870 in the Languedoc region next to the real Chateau de Rieux which has been built in the 10th century. The property has for long been orientated towards a negociant activity selling single grape variety wines. Taken over in 1998 by Emmanuel de Soos, the domaine is now focusing on blend wines from Minervois and the size of the the vineyard has been decreased from 35 to 24 hectares. The vines are planted on clay and limestone soils an are farmed organically with the domaine being about to be certified.