The story goes...

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”.

Vintage

2017

Grape Variety

90% Syrah, 10% Grenache

Tasting notes

A gentle attack of cedar highlighting the classic notes of an elegant Syrah.

Organic & vegan wine

Certified organic wine and vegan friendly

Press and Awards

Millésime 2016: 17.5 - Jancis Robinson - May. 2021 "A sumptuous swirl of baked plum and vanilla cream, cigar spice and dark chocolate, bitter dried thyme and chicory root. Long and ripe, black pepper vibrating like a fine electric current through the fruit, tannins sculpted into fine arcs. This is the epitome of Minervois brilliance: curving rich, dark and creamy fruit into exquisitely elegant arcs of flavour and structure. Tim Ford's team have a finger on the pulse. (TC)"
Millésime / Vintage 2015: 93/100 - Decanter - 3 Feb. 2021 “(…) This has a deep dark nose with savoury traces of earth and hints of dark chocolate and blackcurrants. The palate shows nuances of garrigue and black pepper spice with ripe red and blue fruits into the long finish. (…) Seriously enjoyable now but will continue to offer pleasure for many years.”
Millésime 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. Full-bodied, concentrated and lush, this wine balances fruit and savory in a wonderful way, coming to a long finish tinged with espresso. Bravo. (...)"

Tasting notes

On the nose a gentle attack of cedar highlighting the classic notes of an elegant Syrah with herbal nuances of garrigue.  In the mouth it is medium bodied with layers of complexity and open texture with hints of soft tannins on the finish.

Vinification process

Hand harvesting at optimum ripeness - One third of whole bunches, two thirds de-stemmed without crushing - Natural fermentation - Light pumpovers and punchdowns during 4 weeks maceration.

Vineyards

At 250m altitude, limestone base, north east-facing slope, La Livinière, Minervois.

Ageing

In 2000 litre oak barrel during 20 months without racking of the lees - Bottling with no fining or filtration - 12 months bottle ageing before release

Further information

  • Alcohol : 14%
  • Total acidity H2SO4 : 3.14 g/L
  • pH : 3.9
  • Level of sulphur : 76 mg/L
  • Residual sugar : <0.4 g/L