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Villa Minna Vineyard
Villa Minna Vineyard
Villa Minna Vineyard is a 15 hectare family estate situated in the heart of Provence, between Aix and Salon. The estate was established in 1929 by the grandfather of current owner, former rally driver Jean-Paul Luc. Until the mid-1990's, the grapes were sold to the local co-operative, but Jean-Paul and his wife Minna (after whom the estate is now named) were more ambitious. They grafted new varieties onto existing vines that previously yielded grapes of poor quality and also planted their first parcel of Syrah. In 1996, Minna graduated from her studies in viticulture and oenology and for 3 years (1996, 1997 and 1998) Minna and Jean-Paul made their first small batches of wines, purely for the enjoyment of their family and friends. 1999 was the inaugural commercial vintage of Minna Vineyard, with just 2,900 bottles of red wine produced. But this wine gained instant recognition with 2 stars awarded in the Guide Hachette, as well as being listed by some of the best restaurants in Provence. In 2005 the first vintage of Minna Vineyard white wine was made.

Since then, the estate has gone from strength to strength, garnering some excellent reviews in France's top wine publications. The estate is now in its third year of conversion towrds official organic status, a philosophy which Minna and Jean-Paul have adopted all along. No pesticides or artificial fertilizers are used and weeding is kept to a minimum, whilst all cuttings from the vines and other flora are ploughed back into the ground. The soil is limestone-based and is also characterised by the presence of many fossils - difficult to work, but good for heat retention and for encouraging the roots to grow deep.

We received an invitation from Jean-Paul to visit the Villa Minna stand at the Vinisud fair in Montpellier in February 2012. I was sufficiently intrigued by the description of the wines and the impressive list of citations in the various French publications to pay them a visit. And I am glad we did, for we were bowled over by them. The white wines are quirky, elegant and full of life, whilst the reds are ripe, beautifully balanced and show excellent ageing potential. And in comparison to many of their Provençal counterparts, they are very competitively priced, considering their undoubted quality. The labels for each wine in each vintage are all different, being extracts from various childhood paintings by Jean-Paul and Minna's daughters, Tytti (pronounced Tutti) and Meryl.

Minna Vineyard Blanc 2011 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Minna White 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry white - fermented/aged in oak barrels and steel vats
Grapes 48% Vermentino, 25% Roussanne, 27% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Even better - benefits from a night in the decanter
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for a further 5+ years
Deep-ish straw-gold colour. Lemon, apple, honey, hay, slightly nutty and even a whiff of petrol - unusual, complex and alluring. Fine and elegant on the palate, with spiced citrus and apple flavours, notes of garrigue herbs, orange peel, just a hint of grape tannin and a wonderfully refreshing backbone of acidity. It really is gloriously fresh, fruity, herby and - yes - "winey". The finish is tangy and mouth-watering and keeps you coming back for more. Furthermore, it really does benefit from a night in the decanter, becoming richer and more complex with plenty of air. Delicious, but will it age? Yes. But whether you want to drink it now, or keep it for a few years, you are onto a winner!

Le Guide de Gault & Millau 2015 - 17.5/20 "Big crush for this vintage 2011; Jean Paul Luc signs certainly one of the best white wines of the South of France. Notes of sweet almonds and verbena infusion in a fleshy mouth. Pure happiness!!!!
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Minna Vineyard Blanc 2012 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Minna White 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry white - fermented/aged in oak barrels and steel vats
Grapes 42% Vermentino, 33% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Even better - benefits from a night in the decanter
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for a further 5+ years
Light, bright straw-gold colour. A complex nose of cantaloupe melon, asparagus, apple, lime, freshly-cut grass and garrigue herbs - and like its predecessor vintage, with some nutty, honeyed notes. The palate again offers spiced citrus and apple flavours, with notes of garrigue herbs and spice, with just a hint of grape tannin. There's also a touch of saline/savoury minerality, which is offset by ample acidity. Another delicious white, which still has several years of evolution ahead of it.

Le Guide de la Revue du Vin de France 2016 - 16.5/20 "Minna 2012 White is beautiful, with a great expression and buttered flavors, of honey and dried flowers.
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Minna Vineyard Blanc 2013 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Minna White 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry white - fermented/aged in oak barrels and steel vats
Grapes 47% Vermentino, 24% Roussanne, 29% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Even better - benefits from a night in the decanter
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for a further 5+ years
Bright, translucent straw/gold colour. A delicate but expressive array of spring flowers, soft citrus, apple, oregano and thyme greets the nose, with subtle hints of lime oil and clove in the background. The palate is equally delicate and complex, offering a really focused, cool, herby, almost minty mouth-feel. It is beautifully rounded, with plenty of fresh apple and citrus-tinged fruit, the merest hint of pepper/spice, perfectly judged acidity and a long, tangy finish. It is unusual for a wine (of any colour) from a relatively hot climate to feel so fresh and vivacious as this, but a clue is given in the alcohol level on the label of just 12% abv - a (welcome) rarity in this age of global warming-enhanced high alcohol levels. In fact, some of the finest wines I have ever had the pleasure of drinking have been relatively low in alcohol - Trévallon being a notable example from this region. And whilst I wouldn't compare this - in terms of weight or complexity - to a white Trévallon (which would retail for well over twice the price, remember) it is both a delight to drink now and could well evolve in a similar manner, over the next 5 to 10 years.
 

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Minna Vineyard Rouge 2012 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Vintage
2012

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry red - aged 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 50% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, game, rich casseroles
Next day
As good, or even better
Drink Approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
Clear, bright, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose is complex, expressive and wonderfully herby/spicy, displaying raspberry and red cherry fruit aromas, intermingled with notes of thyme and oregano, cumin and clove, not to mention little hints of freshly-baked bread, orange peel, vanilla, damp earth and polished old wood. The palate is on the medium side of full-bodied and beautifully focused, offering bright, fresh, spiced red fruit flavours, again laced with garrigue herbs and just the merest hint of oak, with wonderfully ripe, lapsang tea-like tannins and cracking acidity. The result is a gorgeously tangy, sweet-sour wine, so elegant to be almost soft and easy to drink already, but with enough grip and structure to ensure it will evolve nicely for a good 5 to 10 more years. One of the things that first attracted me to the wines of Minna Vineyard was the way that both the reds and whites possessed a flavour profile and structure more reminiscent of the finest Languedoc wines, more than those of Provence. And this is a classic example - a wine that, at 5 years of age, is already so deliciously drinkable, but with further capacity for ageing. Then again, I'm tempted to ask - why wait? It really is a gorgeous wine!
 

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Minna Vineyard Rouge 2013 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Minna Red 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry red - aged 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 39% Syrah, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red meats, game, rich casseroles
Next day
As good, or even better
Drink Approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
Clear, bright, translucent cherry/blood red colour. There's really not a lot to choose between this and the 2012. Again, the nose is complex, expressive and herby/spicy, with raspberry and red cherry fruit aromas and a hint of cassis, notes of garrigue herbs, mint, soft curry spices, sous bois and polished wood. And once again, the palate is medium-to-full-bodied, offering bright, fresh, spicy, herb-infused red fruit flavours, little bready/brioche notes, a hint of licorice, the deftest lick of oak, ripe, tea-like tannins and excellent acidity. And as with the 2012, it certainly possesses the structure to age and evolve for 5 to 10 more years. Another beautifully crafted and classy wine.
 

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Minna Vineyard Six - Save 10%
Minna Vineyard
A specially priced sample case, covering our new range of wines from the brilliant Provence estate of Minna Vineyard. The wines in this selection normally retail separately at £131.70. This 6-bottle case is offered at the special price of £118.50 (a saving of 10%). Please note - this offer is limited to one per customer. The selection comprises the following wines;

White:
1 x Blanc 2011 IGP Bouches du Rhône
2 x Blanc 2012 IGP Bouches du Rhône
1 x Blanc 2013 IGP Bouches du Rhône

Red:
1 x Rouge 2012 IGP Bouches du Rhône
1 x Rouge 2013 IGP Bouches du Rhône

 

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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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