The Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) takes its name from a small range of mountains in central southern France to the north of Minervois, which forms a distant backdrop to many Languedoc vineyards, the highest peak reaches 1210m. The region still retains its wild spectacular scenery and unspoilt terrain. This range encompasses two wines, a fresh and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from the CÃ´tes de Gascogne and a complex and intriguing Syrah from the Pays d'Oc.
This is a ruby red wine of a good intensity with crimson reflections surrounding a mauve shade at the edge of the glass. This wine has kept its youthful colour. A bright, clear and well concentrated bottle. At the nose this wine exudes youth. Fruity notes are dominated by blackcurrants and blueberries. A note of age appears with the aromas of cardamom, wood and smoke, beautifully blended with the fruitiness. Aeration brings the notes of plum and violet to this delight. A strong and full flavoured wine. This wine has all the flavours sensed at the nose, brought about with a fruity opening and followed by an acidic, tannic structure. This is a fresh and virile wine. The fresh notes of black fruits are delicious, and the spicy touches of pepper bring a warm edge.
This is a wine to serve with chicken wrapped in bacon and cheese, bacon salad, duck salad, duck in plum sauce, grilled lamb, and cheeses such as Brie or Camembert.