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Château de Cesseras (France) Minervois La Livinière 2001
Wine-pages columnist Rosemary George MW wrote very enthusiastically about the brand new "cru" of Minervois La Livinière in April 2003 (click here), and since then I have tasted about a half dozen examples, with a phenomenal hit-rate of excellent wines amongst them: I believe this is the fifth to be "Wine of the Week" or "Wine of the Month". This 100% Syrah wine was a stand-out smash at Berry's recent Press tasting (I was not the only person to think so - look out for a string of recommendations in the Sunday columns). It has minty, sweet, bold, leathery fruit on the nose, backed-up by toasty oak and a lovely core of blackcurrant and damson plum. Concentrated and dense on the palate, it is rich, smooth and dark, with a svelte, polished appeal, lots of sweet chocolate-coated black fruit and a fine plummy depth. Tannins are fine and ripe, and the balance is excellent. Berry Bros. & Rudd, £9.55.