Another single parcel release, the 2013 Minervois la Ciaude comes from the clay and rocky soils around the town of Cazelles and is mostly Carignan (100+-year-old vines) and Syrah, yet incorporates a splash of Grenache. Aged mostly in demi-muids, it has lots of liquid minerality to go with classic notes of black raspberry, violets, spice and hints of toasted bread. Balanced, elegant and medium-bodied, with perfectly integrated acidity and ample balancing fruit, it too can be consumed anytime over the coming decade. These latest 2013s from proprietress Anne Gros are some of the strongest wines in the vintage, as well as the greatest wines I've tasted from the estate. When I asked Anne what she thought of the vintage, she went to one knee and bowed her head, calling the vintage extraordinary. After tasting the wines, I can understand where she's coming from. While all of Anne's wines shine for their elegance and purity, these 2013s have another level of focus, while not skimping on texture or length. Nevertheless, don't expect over the top richness here and the style is one of purity and sheer elegance over fruit and power. It's worth noting that this estate is located in the village of Cazelles, which is located on the northern edge of Minervois, in a higher elevation, cooler terroir. There's roughly 10 growers here and they're in the process of petitioning to create a new Cru inside the appellation, similar to the Minervois la Liviniere designation. This is a gorgeous, dive
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