Minervois is a wine appellation in South West France

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Minervois wine appellation
Wine appellation
Country: France

Minervois is a wine appellation covering 61 communes in the départements of Aude and Herault in the south of France. The appellation sits in a natural amphitheatre that rising from the banks of the river Aude. The appellation lies between the cities of Narbonne and Carcassonne and was established in 1985.
The appellation permits the production of red, rose and white wines. Red wines are made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Lledonner Pelut supported by Cinsault, Picpoul, Terret Noir, Carignan and Rivairenc. The rules stipulate that Grenache, Lledonner Pelut, Syrah and Mourvedre must comprise more than 60% with Syrah and Mourvedre comprising at least 20% to ensure that Grenache does not dominate. Picpoul, Terret Noir and Rivairenc must not comprise more than 10% of the blend.
Rose wines are made from the same grapes as the red wines but can also include up to 10% of the permitted white varieties.
The permitted white varieties for the appellation are Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussanne and Rolle (Vermentino). Secondary grape varieties are Picpoul Blanc, Clairette, Terret Blanc and Muscat. The secondary varieties must comprise less than 20% with Muscat limited to less than 10%.

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