CHATEAU DE FLAUGERGUES
Coteaux du Languedoc, France
Once a country refuge, the magnificent Palladian folly that is Chateau de Flaugergues has been gradually encroached on by the suburbs of Montpellier. However, it remains an enchanting spot, surrounded by its own vineyards, and with formal French and Asian gardens. Pierre de Colbert runs the estate, and has taken the wine to new levels of quality. He makes a full range of wines, from the easy-going Uncle Charles, the refreshing rose, and the complex Cuvee Sommeliere.
The Coteaux du Languedoc wines are entitled to use the local name ‘La Mejanelle’, one of only twelve privileged terroirs allowed to announce their sub-zone. Vines have been cultivated here since Roman times, and by this family since 1696. The terroir is ‘gres’ or rounded alluvial sandstone pebbles.