Château St Jaques d’Albas
Gold – Global Rosé Masters
4 Gold Medals 2019 – Gilbert & Gaillard
90 Points – Parker, Wine Advocate
Gold Trophy Minervois – International Wine Challenge
Grande Medaille d’Or – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Gold Medal – Mundus Vini
Gold Medal – Concours General Agricole de Paris
☆☆☆ – Decanter
☆☆☆ – Guide Hachette
“Top UK Whites” – The Sunday Times UK
Clos du Gravillas
After 23 years, two moments stand out. The highest honor was Gravillas’ selection as the 2020 Languedoc Coup de Coeur in the Guide Vert from the Revue du Vin de France. Just one domain chosen in each of 15 French wine regions. Definitive proof that an Outsider can exist in French wine. Our most satisfying article was by Rosemary George MW, who describes her dilemma when asked to choose which wine to drink AFTER a sublime 1921 Château d’Yquem. Her pick? Our “little” Sous les Cailloux des Grillons. Her conclusion? “The combination of sunshine with fresh flavours was delicious. The crickets had come up trumps!”
Domaine de Cébène
“Brigitte Chevalier of Domaine de Cébène makes truly superb wine, hand-made, and terroir-dictated. Chevalier is a star of Faugères” (Jancis Robinson MW).
“Wow! What a wine!” (Jeb Dunnuck, reviewing Felgaria)
Domaine de Saumarez
The first time we have presented our wines for tasting by the RVF. On top of this our Sangiovese was selected as one of their favourite wines to look out for in 2021. We very much appreciate feedback from professional tasters but place as much value in the comments our private customers give us.
Domaine La Louvière
After a reassuring haul of more than 25 gold medals over the past few years, and several coup de coeur 3 stars in the Guide Hachette, we are becoming more confident in our wine quality. This has been backed with some kind and encouraging words from wine writers such as Jancis Robinson MW, Rosemary George MW, Tim Atkin MW and Patrick Schmitt MW.
RVF (Caroline Furstoss) – ‘la volonté d’expérimenter nous impressionne très favorablement’
La Serre – ”une bouche toute en volume et vivacité. 90/100”
Magneric – “onctueux (et) doté d’un fruit rouge pulpeux et d’une finale poivrée. 90/100“
Carignan – “structuré et profond . . . allié à la fraîcheur. 91/100”
Celèstra – “vin digeste à la texture de velours et à l’éclat du fruit séducteur. 91/100”
LONELY PLANET WINE TRAILS (John Brunton) “adventurous English winemaker (makes) organic wines of strong identity . . . in this anarchic garage winery”
JANCIS ROBINSON (Tamlyn Currin)
Le Fournas –“If coal and eucalyptus could be pressed and sliced thinly, that would be what balances the ripe mulberry fruit. Lip-smackingly scrumptious.”17
Pourboire – “rudely fruity, ripe blackberry fruit on the palate.. Lovely wet-slate and green-peppercorn texture. . .”16,5
Magneric – “Spicy . . . with finely astringent, muscular tannins astride gorgeously dark, shadow-and-tar-touched fruit” 17
Carignan – “dark chocolate and raspberries on the nose. Blackcurrants and smoky sage and eucalyptus and very very dark cocoa.” 16,5++
Celèstra – “Crushed rocks, blackcurrant bud, deeply sweet, intense, ripe, wild bramble berries. Gorgeous, heart-stopping Corbières” 17,5
WINE ANORAK (Jamie Goode) –
La Serre – “Beautifully fresh, precise, mineral and saline. . . bright and linear, but also has complexity 94/100”
Le Fournas – “A very complete wine of real seriousness. 94/100”
Magneric – “Grainy and supple with a nice spicy bite and lovely focus. 93/100”
Carignan – “Fresh, vivid, stony and gravelly with lovely lush black cherry fruit held in savoury tension with notes of minerals and tar and blood. 94/100”
Celèstra – “black fruits, which are accompanied by floral black cherries, a bit of liquorice, and good tannins. 92/100”
Les Clos Perdus
During our 17-year history at Les Clos Perdus, each of our three different terroir-driven wines has been regularly highlighted by journalists such as Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker and La Revue du Vin de France as being amongst the best examples for their region.
During 2020, Tamyln Currin of Jancisrobinson.com carried out an extensive tasting of wines from the south of France. It was particularly rewarding to have our High Corbieres wine – Prioundo – and our Maritime Corbieres wines Cuvée 161 and Le Rosé – singled out as highlights amongst some of the very best wines from the south of France.
What a pleasure to receive rave reviews from wine critics. The Bettane + Desseauve guide gives us 3 stars and qualifies our wines as “magnificent, of rare intensity”, giving them an average score of 16.5 / 20. Same average rating from Jancis Robison who emphasizes “the harmony of fruit and tannins”. We are also honored to be listed in the “Languedoc Rising Stars” category in the Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.
There’s no room for complacency or sitting on laurels, but over the years we have been hugely encouraged by reviews written by the world’s top wine writers. 18 points from Jancis Robinson – and 96 points in Decanter for a white Languedoc wine – is not to be sniffed at, nor is its selection of a Blanquette de Limoux (ours as it happens) as one one of the top wines of the year. The top wine guides, such as Hugh Johnson, Bettane & Desseauve, la Revue du Vin de France coupled with a nice sprinkling of stars from the Guide Hachette go a long way to helping us along the way …