Wine of the Week – Château Portal Cuvée Jérôme Minervois

Château Portal is one of the leading estates in the Minervois with a history dating back to the 11th century. The property was home to French nobility throughout the Middle Ages and to this day retains a restored 8th century chapel. Jérôme Portal’s 80 hectares of vines grow right next to the region’s top cru, La Livinière.Cuvée Jérôme is crafted mainly from rich and spicy Syrah supported by raspberry rich Grenache and spicy Carignan, the incredibly intense flavours of which are due to rare 100 year old vines. The wine is aged for a year in French oak barrels, lightly toasted over a naked flame to impart mocha character and extra complexity.Serve this splendid southern French red with traditional cassoulet or roast shoulder of lamb.