The grapes to produce Minervois “Cuvée Classique” Domaine la Rouviole were harvested by hand, destemmed and each variety was fermented separately. The Minervois “Cuvée Classique” Domaine la Rouviole fermentation lasted for 15 days in stainless steel tanks to guarantee the purest expression of varietal flavours. The wine was then aged for one year in tank.
Organic viticulture is practised in the vineyards. Debudding takes place in May, with green harvesting in July, encouraging the vines to concentrate the flavours in the remaining grapes. The harvest takes place by hand, with two harvests taking place in September. The vines are approximately 40 years old and produce an average yield of 30 hectolitres per hectare.
Domaine la Rouviole, independent family owned estate which was bought by the Léonor family in 1956, is located in the renowned Cru La Livinière area of Minervois. Wines are made from blends of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan from the best and oldest plots of the estate. Domaine la Rouviole gives great care to hand harvest the grapes at optimum ripeness and to express the terroir of the area. The wines have been certified as organic since the 2011 vintage.