France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Béziers

Wines from the Faugères, Saint Chinian and Minervois areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 11 February 2010
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Château Coujan

Address: 34490 Murviel-lès-Béziers
Tel: 04 67 37 80 00  Fax: 04 67 37 86 23
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:24:36N (43.41007)    Longitude: 3:10:23E (3.17303) 

Florence Guy makes various styles at this peaceful estate (actually in the Saint Chinian AC, but close to the Faugères 'border') a few kilometres out of Murviel, which is well signposted. Her top wines include Cuvée Gabrielle de Spinola, made from the usual suspects, and Ile de Corail, an off-the-wall 100% Mourvèdre that varies in taste-profile according to the vintage (sometimes labelled St-Chinian, sometimes Vin de Pays if ‘non-conformist’ in terms of alcohol or residual sugar content!). This year will see them move into year two on the road to organic certification, by the way. They also organises walks, wine dinners, summer concerts and art and cookery classes (the Lebanese food weekend was a big hit apparently). There are also two on-site family gîtes available all year round (see website); or you can just relax outside, tasting Coujan’s grape juice, olive oil or honey and listening to the roaming peacocks squawking!


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