2015 Domaine Tour Boisée "Plantation 1905"
Just to the north of Cobieres and to the east of the walled city of Carcassonne, lies Minervois. The appellation has equally diverse soils like Corbieres but limestone and clay are its primary ones. This is a warm region with a very Mediterranean climate. The hills are covered with the local scrub, known as garrigue, forests and vineyards. Our newest producer from the region is Domaine Tour Boisée. The domaine dates back to 1826 and is still run by its descendants. Now farming about 200 hectares of vines, the winery was recently certified organic. The vineyard for the "Plantation 1905" was planted in 1905 on clay and sandstone in the middle of the local village. There were 23 grape varieties planted together including Aspiran, Aubun, Alicante Bouschet, Aramon, Varousset, Clairette Blanc, Morrastel Bouschet, Petit Bouschet, Carignan, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Terret Gris, Llandoner Pellut, Bourboulenc, Cardinal, Alphonse Lavallee, Italia and Muscat de Hamburg. There are also a few unidentified varietals in the vineyard that are included. The entire harvest takes place on one day when the average maturity of the grapes has reached 13.5% alcohol. The grapes are all cofermented with native yeasts and then pressed. This unique treat of a wine defines the concept of "field blend." (Keith Mabry, French Regional buyer)