France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Carcassonne

The wines of Cabardès, Malepère and Limoux
By Richard James and Paul Strang

This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2010
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Château Guilhem

Address: Le Château, 11300 Malviès
Tel: 04 68 31 14 41  Fax: 04 68 31 58 09
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:7:5N (43.11813)    Longitude: 2:11:2E (2.18376) 

Bertrand Gourdou-Guilhem, the son of this Toulouse family, has taken over the winemaking at this well-known property on the southern side of AC Malepère. Good reds made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec; a lively dry rosé and decent Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In good years they also make a remarkable late-picked dessert wine from Sauvignon. The old family château, built in Revolutionary times, is cute too, although a little disused: future renovation plans (the focus has been on upgrading vineyard and winery)include converting it into an up-market chambres d’hotes. Every year a parcel is left unharvested to celebrate the Fête des Vendanges in October, when customers and friends are invited to pick the last grapes and join in a charity event.


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