Boulevard Napoléon

Languedoc, languedoc France

Trevor Gulliver is a man of many enthusiasms. The Fire Station in Waterloo, St. John, Putney Bridge and many other restaurants have borne the imprint of Trevor's energy. A house in the Minervois was meant to be a place to recharge his energy but, true to the man, he saw an opportunity to make some wines. These wines are named after the street on which the winery is situated in the village of La Livinière.

When Trevor came to show us the wines in autumn 2013, we were worried we were going to have to tell an old friend that we didn't have room in our portfolio. However, when we tasted the wines, we were quite certain we had the room! Their brightness, ripeness, definition and character, largely due to the fact that they are from old vineyards in the Minervois, made them both true to type and very appealing.

The 'Le Pal' Grenache Gris, made from a single vineyard of 70-year-old vines, is one of the best white wines we've tasted from the Languedoc. It is rich and supple on the palate with a lovely texture, smoke and liquorice on the finish. The 'Le Pujol' Grenache Noir, which is planted in the same 70-year-old vineyard, has a lovely colour with bright plum and blueberry fruit and a long, spicy finish. The 'L'Angely' Carignan is equally impressive. It illustrates what an underrated variety Carignan is when planted in the right spot and handled with care. It has good colour, a ripe and spicy nose and bright fruit and a supple texture on the palate. The 'L'Aberadou' Cinsault is perfumed, with hints of purple flowers and delicate top notes that give finesse on the finish.


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