Only recognised as an Appellation Controlée in 1998, La Livinière occupies around 200 hectares in the north-west of Minervois. The region has been a centre of wine production since Roman times, deriving its name from the latin ‘cella vinaria’, or wine cellar. An immensely robust and concentrated wine, with a firm backbone of red and black fruits, and heady wafts of heathland shrubs and pepper on the nose. Muscular tannins provide weight and length. Partner with the rustic flavours of merguez sausages or strong cheese.