Badens is a sleepy Minervois village situated in the Minervois, in a vast amphitheatre lined by the Canal du Midi to the South and the Montagne Noire to the North, stretching from Carcassonne to Narbonne. It is here that little else except the vine and olive trees struggle to grow in the intense heat of the Southern sun, and the loudest sound is the gentle buzz of the bees in the summer.
Pierre Cros, a passionate ex-rugby player is, is a self-taught viticulteur/vigneron and self-styled Vigneron Militant, who regularly achieves marks in the high 90s in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and has won an unprecedented 10 Coups de Coeur in the prestigious Guide Hachette. It is here that he cultivates a 20 hectare vineyard with the classic Southern grape varieties of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, and his Carignan vines date back to 1905!
However, he is something of a maverick and a thorn in the side of the AOC authorities, as most unusually, he grows the non-permitted grape varieties of Nebiolo (Italy), Touriga Nacional (Portugal) and Pinot Noir (Burgundy). The label (opposite) of his Touriga Nacional, which by law can only be labelled as a Vin de Table without mentioning the all important grape variety encapsulates his philosophy. We usually visit Pierre most years in the Spring, to taste our way through his extensive and impressive range of wines, but more often than not we discover that he has sold out of the wines we want to buy. Not so this year, and we’re delighted to be able to offer you this lovely duet – a white and red Minervois!
A Mixed Case contains 6 bottles of each of:
Pierre Cros Les Costes 2018
This fabulous white is made from a carefully select mix of five grape varieties – 44% Grenache Blanc, 34% Vermentino, 8% Picpoul, 8% Grenache Gris and 6% Muscat. It has an enticing floral nose with good concentration, stone fruit flavours, a trace of fennel and an underlying minerality, finishing with a hint of lemon zest.
Domaine Cros Minervois Tradition 2017
This is made from old Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault, handpicked and fermented in tanks with no oak-ageing.
It is very deep in colour, with a nose bursting of crushed black fruits and violets. On the palate it is soft, gorgeously fruity with flavours of blackberries and black cherries, some soft tannin and great length. Utterly quaffable and stylish.