Minervois '1969', Gibalaux Bonnet, Languedoc 2013

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Minervois '1969', Gibalaux Bonnet, Languedoc 2013

9.95

The first thing to say is that this wine isn't from the 1969 vintage, despite that year being blazoned across the front label. In a bid to celebrate their first harvest, the Bonnet family made the odd decision to call this wine '1969', which has led a few customers to ask if the grapes were harvested while Neil Armstrong was walking on the Moon. No, they weren't. they were harvested in 2013, the year that China landed its first spacecraft on the Moon.

It's ripe, elegant and... shoot, that started out like there were going to be three things. Oh well. It's not a wine that will radically change the course of human history or knock the Earth off its axis, but it's a really versatile little blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Mourvedre, with a silky and succulent juiciness and a pleasingly light alcohol content of 12.5%. You can drink it slightly chilled on those dog days that call for a red wine with the ability to refresh or it relaxes pleasantly at room temperature, showing its soft and supple underbelly. Ripe red berries, shiny cherries, and a hint of liquorice and wet bark that make for a very tasty and authentic Languedoc red. Drink now-2019. 12.5% alc.

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