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  • 15. Minervois AC 2016

    Château de Rieux

    90% Syrah, 10% Grenache (14% alc.)

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    This syrah dominant Minervois has lush, attractive blackberry fruit, liquorice, a touch of oak and silky tannins. For drinking now to 2020.

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Emmanuel de Soos Château de Rieux
Rieux, Minervois 30km east of Carcassonne in southern France, 40km from the Mediterranean.
Size of domaine
30 hectares. As well as grapes for the Minervois, Ch. de Rieux also own Viognier, Cinsault and Carignan vines that they bottle as Vin de Pays.
90% Syrah (30 years old), 10% Grenache (40 years old) 
Clay and limestone with rounded river pebbles – vineyards lying on ancient river terrace of the Aude
The soil is ploughed between the rows to restrict vigour – yields are only 30hl/ha
Destalked 100%. The juice is pumped over and delestages are carried out as necessary during the alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in barrel (2-3 year old). One years elevage with no racking before bottling without fining or filtration in March, 18 months after the harvest.
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