The wine is named "Villa Mon Rêve" after a little stone cottage situated on our vineyards in La Livinière. The story began many years ago when the previous owner built the cottage for his ailing wife so they could spend what they thought were their last years in this idyllic setting, surrounded by beautiful vineyards.
A dream came true when his wife made a miraculous recovery and hence the cottage became "Villa Mon Rève" (the house of my dream). This incredible story behind the name also inspired the wine. Finally, after all these years we now believe we have selected an exceptional north facing Syrah that does justice to this uplifting story of "Villa Mon Rêve".
Hand harvesting at optimum ripeness.
One third of whole bunches, two thirds de-stemmed without crushing.
Light pumpovers and punchdowns during 4 weeks maceration.
Vintage 2015: 90/100 - Joe Czerwinski - Issue Date 31st May 2019 The Wine Advocate Robert Parker 2019 “(...) displays a gentle coating of cedar oak, just enough to highlight the violet top notes of Syrah and herbal nuances of garrigue. (…)"
Vintage 2014: 93+/100 - Joe Czerwinski - Issue #236 The Wine Advocate Robert Parker 2018 “One of the top wines of the appellation (...). It yields a complex mix of aromas, including hints of smoked meat, peppery-herbal notes and vibrant blueberry (...)"
Vintage 2014: 90/100 - GS - Wine Spectator “This red has great energy, offering cherry and wild red berry flavors, detailed with mineral, garrigue and floral accents. Medium-bodied, with beautiful acidity that sails into the long finish (...)"
Vintage 2013: 16.5+/20 - Jancis Robinson “Dark blackish crimson. Broad and friendly with some black pepper on the nose. Real structure. Long with great ripeness but no excess alcohol. This could only come from Minervois! Very savoury and appetising (...)"
Vintage 2013: 91/100 - Jeb Dunnuck - Issue #224 The Wine Advocate Robert Parker 2016 “(...) beautiful notes of cassis, black raspberries, crushed flowers and spice to go with a polished, elegant, layered style on the palate (...).”
Vintage 2012: 92/100 - Jeb Dunnuck - Issue #218 The Wine Advocate Robert Parker 2015 “Another serious effort (…) stunning purity of fruit to go with impressive notes of blueberries, violets, lilac and hints of chocolate on the nose (...).”
At 250m altitude, limestone base, north east-facing slope, La Livinière, Minervois.