Two new wines from the foot of the Montagne Noire and the Saint Jean de Minervois Plateau in the little commune of Agel. The white is a blend of Maccabeu,Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Muscat which produces a deliciously elegant, fruity and rich wine. The red is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah and the end result is an intense, chocolatey full bodied glass of wine.

Above - Winemaker & head of the cellars Jean Francois Bernabeu with Robin Budowski, one of the owners at Château D'Agel.

Chateau d’Agel Les Bonnes AOC Rouge 2010

This wine form Minervois is new to JN (April 2012). The vineyard is sited at the foot of La Montagne Noire (black mountain) on the limestone plateau of Saint Jean de Minervois in the tiny commune of Agel. Following a tasting, we just couldn't resist this fresh, succulent red, made from Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes. Gentle vinification follows manual harvesting of the grapes resulting in supple tannins and fruit-filled aromas and flavours. Grilled meats would make ideal culinary companions for this great-value wine. Ideally, serve at about 15°C.

Chateau D'Agel Les Bonnes Blanc 2010

A new wine to JN from Minervois. The vineyard is sited at the foot of La Montagne Noire (black mountain) on the limestone plateau of Saint Jean de Minervois in the tiny commune of Agel. The wine is a blend of Maccabeu, Roussanne, Vementino and Grenache Blanc grapes, some of which are sourced from vines of over 50 years of age. The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified under temperature controlled conditions.The result is a fresh wine with enticing floral aromas. Drink at 10 - 12°C with grilled fish or shellfish.

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