Château Saint Jacques d’Albas is an independent organic vineyard in the hills near Carcassonne. Protected by a rich ecosystem of forest, garrigue and wildlife, there are 26 hectares of low-yielding vines with a history dating back to the 11th century, including an old chapel (featured on the flagship wine).
Graham Nutter came to the Minervois for a “quiet life” after running around the world for 35 years, to realise an ambition to make wine. Having found his terroir pearl, he proceeded to renovate and innovate to an extreme. After exiting from the local co-operative, he focused on improving the soil, applying modern technology where warranted and upgrading the varietal mix, including planting several white varietals.
Now joined by his son Andrew and a dynamic international team, Château St Jacques d’Albas makes a variety of “fruit-first” wines (3 whites, 2 rosés, 3 reds and an experimental range) manifesting the potential for the Minervois region, as recognised by the likes of Wine Advocate and Jancis Robinson.
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