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Boulevard Napoléon Cinsault

Languedoc

Boulevard Napoléon

Named after the street the winery is located on in the village of La Livinière, Minervois, Boulevard Napoléon is the partnership between restaurant owner Trevor Gulliver and winemaker Benjamin Darnault...

Seeing the potential in the vineyards located by his holiday home, Trevor started making the wines and then showed them to his other partner, chef Fergus Henderson, who was more than impressed, as were we! Each  wine  is  a  classic  expression  of  the  varietal  grown  on  the  dry,  stony  slopes  of  the south  of  France  -  yet  they  retain  a  vibrancy  and  definition  that  marks  them  out  from  the  crowd.

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Vineyards

Fruit is sourced from a vineyard situated in the high hills of La Livinière, in the Minervois region, from bush vines with an average of 50 years, which grow on schistous soils in vineyards situated 300 above sea level. The wines show brightness, ripeness, definition and character - elements which can be largely attributed to these older vines.

Vintage information

In 2012, the Minervois faced a wet growing season, with a late harvest that allowed the grapes to ripen slowly but fully.

Vinification

The grapes were all handpicked into small cases, before being sorted and destemmed. Fermentation occurred in 4000 litre stainless steel tanks. Gentle extraction followed before the wine underwent four weeks of maceration on its skins. The free run juice was then separated from the pressings and the wine was matured in a neutral tank for one year before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Dark purple red, this Cinsault is perfumed with focused fruit on the nose. Hints of purple flowers on the palate, with grippy tannins and delicate top notes that give finesse at the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Region Languedoc
Winemaker Benjamin Darnault
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 4.59g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.8