Outsiders and Friends at La Panacée

Outsiders and Friends at
La Panacée
(a wine tasting for trade and press only)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 6 PM – 11 PM 
14 rue de l’Ecole de Pharmacie, 34000 Montpellier
The Outsiders group prides itself on an open-minded approach to wine, so we’ve invited six winegrower friends to join us at Montpellier’s contemporary art space La Panacée for a tasting that aims to broaden your horizons. To the Languedoc… and beyond!

Château Combebelle (Saint-Chinian)

Château Rives-Blanques (Limoux)

Domaine Sainte Croix (Corbières)

Le Clos du Gravillas (Minervois)

Le Clos du Serres (Terrasses du Larzac)

Domaine de Cébène (Faugères)

Château d’Anglès (La Clape)

Turner Pageot (Gabian, Languedoc)

Domaine Treloar (Roussillon)

Domaine de Saumarez (Coteaux du Languedoc)

Château Saint Jacques d’Albas (Minervois)

Mas Foulaquier (Pic Saint Loup)

Château de Panéry (Côtes du Rhône)

Domaine Jonathan Pabiot (Pouilly Fumé)

Domaine Thillardon (Chénas)

Domaine Saint Cyr (Beaujolais/Morgon)

Contact: Louise Hurren 
+33 (0)6 17 66 02 53

Languedoc Outsiders at ProWein 2013


The Outsiders are a group of Languedoc-Roussillon wine producers, and a number of them will be pouring their wines at this year’s PROWEIN (Düsseldorf, March 24-26).

About the Outsiders

Working in the south of France, these maverick winegrowers are creating exciting wines which make full use of the region’s highly diverse soil types, climatic conditions and grape varieties.

The group’s members come from the UK, Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, the USA – and Bordeaux. What they have in common is a conscious decision to relocate to this part of France to start a career in wine, recognising the potential of Languedoc-Roussillon’s terroir.

A few of the Outsiders were involved in making or marketing others’ wines, before crossing the line and becoming producers themselves. However, most of the Outsiders do not come from winemaking backgrounds; the group includes members with careers in business management, advertising, sales and marketing, property construction, investment banking and finance.

Coming from “outside” means having an alternative perspective, which can sometimes translate into doing things a little differently. Thus, the group organises tastings with a twist (as evidenced by their recent “pictures instead of tasting notes” campaign, which they have presented in London, Montpellier and Paris).

The Languedoc Outsiders at ProWein are:

Jon & Liz Bowen (Domaine Sainte Croix, in Fraïssé des Corbières http://saintecroixvins.com/) Hall 7.1 A 11-08
Brigitte Chevalier (Domaine de Cébène, in Faugères http://www.cebene.fr/)
Hall 7.1 A11-11
Eric & Vianney Fabre (Château d’Anglès, in St Pierre la Mer http://www.chateaudangles.com/) Hall 5 H128

Jan and Caryl Panman (Château Rives-Blanques, in Cépie

www.rives-blanques.com Hall 5 D116

Robin and Liz Williamson (Domaine de Saumarez, in Murviel-les-Montpellier) www.domainedesaumarez.com Hall 7.1 A11

For more information about the Outsiders, contact Louise Hurren

+33 (0)6 17 66 02 53 louisehurren@wanadoo.fr


Follow the Outsiders on twitter @outsidersLR

Follow the Outsiders on Facebook: facebook.com/LanguedocOutsiders


Outsiders Tasting – Paris

Sortez des sentiers battus : une rencontre avec les Outsiders

C’est quoi ? Une dégustation avec 9 producteurs, 36 vins, 24 images… et une approche qui risque de vous bousculer.

Quand ? Lundi 26 novembre 2012 de 16h à 20h30.

Où ? Chez Boris Honoré, 129 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 Paris.


Visit Languedoc wine country with The Outsiders


Outsiders Wine Tourism

Several members of the Outsiders offer dedicated wine tourism attractions.

Domaine Treloar

16 Traverse de Thuir, 66300 Trouillas, near PerpignanTel : 0468950229Email : info@domainetreloar.com

Opening Times : 09 :00 – 18 :00 Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday year-round.

Tours and Visits :

“How Wine is Made”. An educational tour of the vineyard and historic winery, with the winemaker, in English or French, followed by a tutored tasting of the wines of the domaine. You will learn about how the combination of terroir, vineyard management and winemaking decisions determine the style and quality of wine. Cost 10€ per adult. By reservation.

A home-cooked lunch at the domaine may be included for 15€ per person. By reservation 24 hours in advance.


The “Cellarmasters House” is separate 3 bedroom gite in the winery grounds with private garden available year-round. Weekly rates from 350€ to 700€. Also available for the weekend from 160€.

Details, prices and availability can be found on http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/france/FR6555.htm.

Domaine de Combebelle

Combebelle Le Haut, 34360 Villespassans, St ChinianTel /Fax : +33 (0)4 67 38 09 86 Email : wine@combebelle.com

Opening Times : 16:00 – 19:00 Thursday to Sunday from April to October.

Tours and Visits :

Group visits & tastings cost €30 for a group of 1-6 people, then €5 per additional person. By reservation.


“Les Vigneronnes” gite available throughout the year. The Gîte is a south facing detatched 2-bedroom house with large new kitchen, bathroom and spacious living/dining room which sleeps 4-6 people. A studio annex which can sleep 4 people in 2 bedrooms with its own shower/WC also forms part of the gîte. Use of the owner’s 12m swimming pool is provided.


Domaine O’Vineyards

885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire, 11620 Villemoustaussou, near CarcassonneTel : 0630189910 /  0468108918Email : ryan@ovineyards.com

Opening Times : Every day, year round, by appointment.

Simple tastings for groups of less than six are free.

Tours and Visits

Winery Tour (2 hours)

Visit the cellar and winery and talk about the winemaking process. We taste young wines from tank and barrel and you can learn how tasting young wine is different than commercially-available wine.

We can walk through the vines and talk about the soil composition, trellis system, varietals, pruning methods, or anything else that interests you.

In the comfort of our reception room, taste our older vintages that are bottled and ready for sale. Hot hors d’oeuvres accompany this part of the tasting.

Cost 25€ per person. Lunch may be included with the tour for an additional 25€ per person.

Winemaker Workshops (full day)

Shadow a winemaker for a day at O’Vineyards in one of our specially tailored Winemaker Workshops. Pick one of our popular programs or design your own by emailing us. Eat a five course lunch with the winemaker and family at our Table d’Hôte (with lots of wine included). Cost 95€ per person.

For more information, see http://ovineyards.com/english/visits/ 


Chambre d’Hótes. Four guest rooms available at 150€ per room per night, including breakfast. See http://ovineyards.com/lodging/bookings/for more information.

Domaine de Cébène

34600 Caussiniojouls 34600 (5 km away from Faugères)

Tel : + 33 (0)6 74 96 42 67             Email : bchevalier@wanadoo.fr     www.cebene.fr

Opening Times :  By appointment.


Tours and Visits:

Visit a vineyard with astonishing terroir and discover the taste of schist, with the winemaker, in English, German or French.

Group visits & wine tastings cost €60 for a group of 1-6 people, then €10 per additional person.

By reservation. Locally-made charcuterie accompanies the tasting in the authentic, traditional cellar.

A picnic lunch may be included with the tour, in the beautiful vineyards of the estate. Contact Brigitte Chevalier for details.


In a few months, the gîte (8-10 people) will be renovated, including swimming-pool. Situated in the middle of the + 70 years old vines of the estate, upon a hill, with breathtaking views. Contact Brigitte Chevalier for more information.


Chateau Rives-Blanques

11300 Cépie, near Limoux

Tel : 0468314320 Email : 2010@rives-blanques.com

Opening Times :  By appointment.


Tours and Visits:

Visits and tours at any time by appointment. Groups up to 15 people can be accommodated by special arrangement. Recommended by La Revue du Vin de France as one of the top ‘must visit’ vineyards.

Domaine de Calet

30640 Beauvoisin, near Nimes

Tel : 04667353 Email: domaine.calet@wanadoo.fr

Opening Times :  Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:30 – 19:00


Tours and Visits:

Guided tours around the vineyard and the winery which culminate in a tasting of the Domaines wines. The tour and tasting cost 8€ per head.

Lunches can be provided for groups by reservation. Prices range from 20€ – 45€ per head.

Children are welcome.


3 fully equipped apartments. All bedding is provided. Each apartment sleeps 2 to 4 people. For more information see http://www.domaine-de-calet.com/gite1I1.html.

Domaine Sainte Croix

11360 Fraïssé des Corbières

Tel : 0685676388 Email: domaine@saintecroixvins.com

Opening Times :  by appointment


Tours and Visits:

Visits and tours around the vineyard with the winemaker, in either French or English are avilable at any time of the year, by appointment only. Groups can also be acommodated.


No accomodation is available, but please contact the domaine directly for information on local gites and chambres d’hotes.

Domaine Sainte Rose

34290 Servian

Tel : 0467390754

Opening Times :  by appointment (monday – friday only)



Domaine Treloar in ‘Prestige Wines of the Languedoc’

tahi 2008

Domaine Treloar’s TAHI 2008 has been chosen as one of the 42 wines representing the very best of the Languedoc.  The TAHI 2008 will be showcased at the London International Wine Fair in April 2012.

Sud de France recently held a ‘Prestige Wines of the Languedoc’ competition, which focused on the best wines made by the best producers in the region. The wines were judged blind by some of Britain’s most respected palates including Stephen Spurrier  (Consultant Editor of Decanter), several Masters of Wine and some of UK’s most regarded wine buyers.