Beneath the big sky of the Minervois, the tranquillity of the domaine is at odds with its proximity to Carcassonne and the tourist hordes. Two brothers, Pierre and François (right), oenologue and viticulteur respectively, produce and bottle a modest amount of very well made Minervois wine from this little family farm surrounded by vines and the wild garrigue. Only 6000 bottles (two gutsy reds and a fresh rosé) are sold each year with the remainder of the brothers’ production being sold in bulk. The merlot – Incarnat – has a rich core of ripe fruit and a firm structured palate: a ‘Borderlais’ character, perhaps influenced by the Atlantic climate to the west of the vineyards. La Pierre Droite, a 100% syrah is perhaps more Mediterranean, with bags of spicy fruit, a very refreshing acidity and a more supple structure. A tiny stone building belonging to the farm is let on a B&B basis – a perfect retreat for two people to enjoy the isolation and natural beauty of the Minervois countryside, and it’s rich, colourful wines.
Domaine Metairie Neuve, nr Prat Majou, Caunes-Minervois.