Château de Caunettes
This Estate is the most northern located château in the Languedoc, in the heart of an outstanding terroir
An exceptional terroir
IN the heart of AOP Cabardès (PDO), in one of the highest and most western zones of designated area and of Languedoc, near the village of Moussoulens, the vineyard benefits from an amazing view of the Pyrenees to the south, almost a 100km away on clear day.
The terroir is chalky and clay, though predominantly chalky and benefits alternatively from the ocean and Mediterranean climates. This setting uniquely characterizes the AOP Cabardès (PDO); Wine terroir, par excellence, it is also a superb black truffle terroir and is the home of the Truffle Conservatory Department Council.
A Singular Story
Caunettes has been a winemaking area since the 13the Century. Traces of the Lords of Caunettes have been found as early as the 12th Century with monks involved in the priory for 5 centuries.
It was bought by the Gilbert Rouquet family in 1960. They boldly and ambitiously replanted, daring to try out new varietals and clearing parcels that were so rocky they had to use dynamite!
Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril took it over in 2000 and it is now an exceptional vineyard, bordering on the “Causse” (a limestone plateau in central and southern France) of the Black Mountains, which is the northern limit of vines in Languedoc.
- 15 hectares in AOP Cabardès (PDO), IGP Pays d’Oc and Cité de Carcassonne (PDI)
- 10km northwest of Carcassonne, 90km from Toulouse and 60km from Narbonne.
- Altitude: 240 to 360m
- Grape varieties : Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cinsault.