2015 Domaine des Aires Hautes Minervois-La Livinière

This is a delightful wine from an area of the Languedoc-Roussillon that is coming – or has come – into its own. And talk about value! But first, let’s talk about taste. According to the review from a retailer – Last Bottle (it costs nothing to get on the list; worthwhile!) – “DARK, intense nose and flavors of figs, plum jam, woodsmoke and even a killer sweet soy-like note, this is rich and mouthcoating stuff, just utterly PACKING it in for the shockingly awesome price. Sweet fruit, nice balance, just an astounding buy.” Hype? Nope. Here’s Jeb Dunnick’s review from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “A step up over the classic Minervois… the 2015 Minervois la Liviniere comes from vines near the heart of the appellation and is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. It’s a textbook, perfumed, full-bodied and incredibly sexy 2015 that offers notes of blueberries, flowers, lavender and jammy blackberries. It could be a true superstar and is loaded with potential.” Jeb rated it 92-94 points, a range usually reserved for the almost best of the best! I paid $12.50/bottle, including shipping (six bottles or more shipped free). Vivino users said they found it for less than $8/bottle. A steal!

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