Chateau Massiac 2017 'Sentinelle de Massiac' Minervois AOC
Item Number: 12179
Sub Region: Aude
Appellation/AVA: Minervois AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 66% Syrah / 34% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Clay and limestone
Terroir Notes: The domaine lies at the extreme south of the Massif Centrale, effectively in the gently sloping foothills that lead to the Mediterranean coast which is not terribly distant. The subsoils are essentially limestone and clay with silex and marble infusions, all of which was formed during the Lutetian geologic era. This soil has particularly good drainage, which accounts for the superior concentration that Massiac achieves in its wines. As well, the site is exposed to the winds that sweep north from the Mediterranean and the cooling northwest wind coming from the mountains known as Le Cers, which consistently dries the vineyard and makes it less vulnerable to the maladies of the vine.
Winemaking Notes: Fermentation and maturation occurs in stainless steel tanks. The wine is bottled within a year of the harvest. The blend is usually two-thirds Syrah and one-third Carignan. Somewhere between 9,000 and 10,500 bottles are reserved for the U.S. market. Certified Organic.
Tasting Notes: The Sentinelle cuvée is the more precocious of the two reds produced at Massiac. The tannins are more supple and the fruit a touch "sweeter." It is more forward and less rustic than its companion.