Built under Louis XIII by Bernard de Pennautier, Treasurer of the States of Languedoc, Château de Pennautier (a historic monument) has been in the family since 1620.
The vineyard has been entirely refurbished since the 1960s and the higher plots of land planted with vines.
In the heart of the Cabardès appellation, the vines grow on the sunny, rugged hillsides south of the Montagne Noire, set at an altitude of 200 to 400 metres.
The views from up there are breathtaking: at a glance, you can see the entire Pyrenean mountain range to the south, the Massif Central to the north, and the famous town of Carcassonne just a few miles away.
This terroir combines clay-limestone soils,the Mediterranean heat, an Atlantic influence and the coolness of the mountains. Many areas of garrigue and rock on the Montagne Noire include vines, up to an altitude of 400 metres.
A beautiful 70-hectare winegrowing estate set in an area of garrigue and pine groves, Château de Ciffre is a unique site standing at the point where three appellations d’origine contrôlées (protected designations of origin) meet: Faugères, Saint Chinian and Coteaux du Languedoc.
The estate has been owned by Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril since 2007.
Around 25 km from Pézenas, the vineyard stands on cool, stony hillsides at the foot of the Monts de Caroux. The estate is situated at a special geographical point, a transitional zone between schist and clay-limestone soils, mainly laid out in ancient high-standing terraces along with a few coralline chalk zones.
This diversity of terroirs, the steepness of the vine plots and the high altitude, along with fantastic exposure to the sun and a wide variety of grape varieties, have resulted in wines that are both distinctive and elegant.