Wine Reviews

Domaine de Courbissac Les Traverses Minervois 2015

From Minervois in the south of France, Les Traverses from Domaine de Courbissac is a grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend. It has sweet smelling aromas of spice and cooked fruit compot. The palate is full bodied with medium acidity and soft tannins. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.0. Price: $35. Website: NA. Reviewed: April 2020.

Wine Reviews

A weekly wrap; 16 March 2014

It’s not every week that I can look through a number of subregions in the Languedoc-Roussillon, some stellar old white Burgundies from Chassagne-Montrachet dating from the 1980s and early 1990s, some old Bordeaux from 1986 and 1989, and one of the best vintages of Mount Mary’s cabernet that I’ve tasted.  Being routinely time poor, it will take me a little while to write up each wine, but here are links to the wines posted this week so far:

Very Good
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Faugères 2011, $18

Good to Very Good
Calmel & Joseph Le Pic Pic Saint Loup 2010, $36

Yering Station Village Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $24
Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Minervois 2011, $18

Wine Reviews

Calmel & Joseph Les Terroirs Minervois 2011

The Minervois wine region is situated behind Narbonne in the mediterranean far south of France.  Here’s a map of the wider region with the French/Spanish border near Banyuls-sur-Mer; I find the topographical map informative:

Source: Google Maps

This particular wine is a blend of syrah (60%) and the balance grenache.  A deep ruby in colour in the glass, it has aromatics of dry woods, tea tree, dates, ripe plum, dried thyme, black pepper, some soy characters and some spirit too.  The palate has medium length, light tannins and flavours reminding of soy and plums, with some heat on the finish and a savoury impression.  There are some edges, but there’s some enjoyment too for $18 as the bottle rather disappeared.

Rating: Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: $18, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014