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Wine production of southern France is increasingly dominated by the growing number of outstanding estates in the Languedoc and Roussillon - a region, roughly speaking, between Montpellier in the east and Perpignan in the west. Rugged and sunbaked, the Languedoc is a fascinating part of France - the religious conflicts fought to supress the Cathar heresy in the 12th and 13th centuries have left their legacy in many local landmarks - the great fortified city of Carcassonne for example, the many smaller towns and villages contained within their medieval walls, and great fortified abbeys such as Sainte Marie de Lagrasse, in the Corbières. The two estates with which we work most closely lie north of Béziers and illustrate what is possible from this extraordiary region.

Château de Cazeneuve

The 9th century buildings of the Château de Cazeneuve lie at the heart of this 35 hectare estate in the Pic St Loup, about 20km due north of Montpelier.  André Leenhardt took the estate over in 1987 and began a systematic programme of restauration in the vineyards, cuverie (finished in 1991) and cellars.  Since then he has built a reputation for producing among the best wines of the appellation.

Cellars at Ch de Cazeneuve


2006 Le Roc des Mates, Château de Cazeneuve, Pic St Loup
 12 Bottles
A blend of Syrah (75%), Grenache and Mourvèdre. Very dark ruby colour. Fabulous peppery aromas. Succulent and textured on the palate with silky soft tannins and long, fruit driven finish. 

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