The Languedoc-Roussillon Tour

The Languedoc Tour


From Bordeaux bus the day before

Day 1 :Departure with your guide“to Domaine de Gayda “

Domaine de Gayda, Brugairolles :

Complete visit of this award-winning estate with Matthiew Stubbs M.W. who consults here, followed by a tasting. Wine tasting session with Tapas (a selection of 8 wines from all over the L-R) with Matthiew Stubbs at the “Vinecole“ Languedoc-Roussillon wine school.

Anthony Record and Tim Ford joined forces with Vincent Chansault to form the very concept of Domaine Gayda in 2003.
After the winery was built, they made their first vintage in 2004. Although inspired from various business models in South Africa, Domaine Gayda remains firmly planted in the Old World of wines.

Château Saint-Jacques d'Albas,

Laure Minervois: complete visit of this immaculate estate & tasting with its passionate owner, Graham Nutter. It took him ten years to renovate both the buildings and the vineyard.
When you taste his wines, you realise that it was definitely worth all the effort!

Domaine de Mouscaillo :

Complete visit of this property in one of the most beautiful settings in the L-R, & tasting with owners, Marie-Claire et Pierre Fort.
Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees; at the crossroads of the Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, is Roquetaillade, a little Languedoc village, refreshed by the“cers“and the “marin“winds.
Thanks to this exceptional site, the terroir of Roquetaillade has great potential for producing distictive, high quality wines. After several experiences in different renowned wine areas Marie-Claire and Pierre Fort decided to come back to Roquetaillade, their childhood village, where they grow vines on a small plot of family land (about 4 hectares).
The small surface area means they do everything themselves and control all aspects of the production (1 ha of Pinot Noir and 3 ha of Chardonnay). This tiny vineyard is located 400 metres up in the hills.
Most of it was planted and grafted 35 years ago.
Mouscaillo is two wines :
- AOC LIMOUX BLANC (Chardonnay)
- VDP PINOT NOIR micro cuvée

Arrival at gites at Montgaillard to freshen up.

Dinner by your own arrangement. (Your guide will provide you with a list of restaurant recommendations & will make reservations if you wish).Dinner at Chez Saskia Hotel de la Cite in Carcassonne.

Day 2: Departure from Montgaillard“to Château L’Hospitalet Narbonne.“

Château L’Hospitalet : Complete visit & tasting.

The first Phoenician and Greek arrived on the Isle of La Clape 25 centuries ago. It’s because of this that the region is considered to be the true cradle of French viticulture. Bourboulenc was planted at the time, it remains an important grape in our vineyard to this day.

Until the 11th century, La Clape was an island, known by the Romans as “Insula Laci“, the Island of the Lake. It protected the port of Narbonne, very important at the time of the Empire. The limestone massif of La Clape presents an extremely rich flora and fauna with unique species found nowhere else in the world.

The dry, hard climate is one of the sunniest in France with 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, 13 different winds currents blow across the land. L’Hospitalet , originally called La Grange des Mizels, was the property of the monks of the Hospice of Narbonne, who grew vine there. It was in 1561 that the first mention of the name Hospitalet appeared.

Over the course of the centuries, l’Hospitalet had many owners and in 1991 the Ribourels family bought the domain, restored the chateau and developed the vineyard. With its unique and noble character restored, l’Hospitalet stands proud and tall as a reference for the renewal of the Languedoc. In 2002, Gerard Bertrand, a man of wine and rugby, realized his dream and acquired one of the jewels of the Languedoc. A child of the region, Gerard Bertrand share with us his passion for terroir wines on the unique site of the massif of La Clape.

Château l’Hospitalet comprises 80 hectares of vines and 1000 hectares of scrubland alongside the Mediterranean. L’Hospitalet’s physical location has a strong mix of natural conditions, like soil, altitude and climate that make it an exceptional terroir for the creation of great wines.

The vineyard is planted with Syrah and Mourvedre for the reds and Bourboulenc, Vermentino, and Grenache Blanc for the white wines, on limestone soils, conquered from the surrounding scrubland. The wines are vinified in a modern vat room with temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, and then aged in some of the 2000 oak barrels in the underground cellar.

Lunch at ”H” restaurant on the property.

Domaine Mas du Soleilla, La Clape : complete visit & tasting with Peter Wildbolz.

On the Clape Massif, romantic and wild environment, come to discover the ‘Grands Crus‘, wines of quality of the ‘MAS DU SOLEILLA‘ and stay in one of the five wonderful and somptuous guest rooms.

22 hectares of organic production , AOP Languedoc-La Clape , Vins de Pays des Coteaux de Narbonne, White and red wines , Massif of La Clape , Wine shop : open all year long , Online orders on our webshop ,5 wondeful guest rooms .

Château Voulte Gasparets, Boutenac , Corbieres :

Complete visit & tasting with Patrick or Laurent REVERDY  :

For six generations now the families Pauc, Grulet, Berges and Reverdy have succeeded each other at the head of what has become one the most illustrious names of the Languedoc Roussillon wine industry, the Château la Voulte Gasparets. Patrick Reverdy is currently the guarantor of this ancestral tradition of quality which he carries on with his son Laurent.

Forever in search of authenticity, Patrick Reverdy, like all the great wine growers, is not much of a talker. He’s a craftsman who knows how to listen to nature. To live in harmony with it, respect it and give attention to it, this is the philosophy of this enthusiast who enjoys his isolation in the Corbières hills.

  Return to gites at Montgaillard  :

For cookery demonstration & dinner.  Cookery demonstration by local chef followed by dinner at Montgaillard.

Day 3 From 07.00 am : Breakfast & Departure

From Domaine de Montgaillard &Transfer to Carcassonne
railway station & airport for car hire, then Toulouse airport.


Details about the tour & how to book

  The Wine expert : Maxine Colas : Many of you have been on a tour with me, but for those who have not, here are my details :
  I am an English wine expert based in Bordeaux since 1988. I studied wine & spirits at the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce & the  School of Oenology at Bordeaux University. I have extensive experience in the various wine regions of Bordeaux & a good  working relationship with château guides & owners in the area.
  I provide maps, printed general information packs on the Wine Region & tasting techniques and would be happy to offer advice on the best buys. My guide services for the five days are included .

  When I plan a tour, I always take the personal preferences of my clients into consideration & appreciate as much contact as possible prior to the tour in order to create a tailor-made itinerary. The Bordeaux Tour is the result of my numerous travels & tastings in the Bordeaux vineyard and I have chosen each château carefully : these are, in my humble opinion, the best winery visits in Bordeaux, with something to interest everyone, not just wine lovers but also history buffs, aesthetes and gardeners!
Even the most serious wine amateurs will admit this : wine tasting is fascinating and FUN. I hope you will agree and I look forward to sharing the ultimate Bordeaux experience with you.

 The Transport : Your luxury coach is equipped with air conditioning, reclining seats, refrigerator, microphone, toilet & tables. The experienced chauffeur has a reputation for punctuality & sensible driving!

 The Châteaux Visits : All visits & tastings will be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment. However, if a visit is not possible at one of the proposed châteaux ( due to restoration work, etc,..) , an excellent alternative will be arranged.
 Most châteaux impose a visit/tasting fee : this will be included in the overall Tour price.

 Ask forTour Price :

 The following are included in the Tour price :

*Château visit & tasting fees.
*3 days of guide services of an experienced wine expert.
*1 Wine tasting techniques class (1 hour).
*1 blind tasting consisting of 6 selected bottles wines supplied by your wine expert.
*Blind tasting winner’s prize.
* Maps & general information packs supplied by Maxine.

The following are not included in the tour price :
** Hotels
** Lunches
**Extra wine & other beverages & outside breakfast at the hotel.
**Treatments &/or massages at the Vinotherapy Spa.
**Taxi fares.
**Transport from the airport/train station to & from your hotel.

Until then, happy tasting! 

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