France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Montpellier

Coteaux du Languedoc and the Coastal Vins Doux Naturels
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 06 March 2010
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Domaine La Sauvageonne

Address: Route de Saint Privat, 34700 Saint Jean de la Blaquière
Tel: 04 67 44 71 74  Fax: 04 67 44 71 02
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:43:19N (43.72107)    Longitude: 3:25:2E (3.41722) 

The city certainly feels very distant from aptly named La Sauvageonne with its spectacularly rugged hilly vista, perched up on the lower edges of the Massif Central. This revamped estate, which  was purchased by Yorkshire businessman Fred Brown in 2001, is located about 50km northwest of Montpellier on the high ground of theTerrasses du Larzac just out of the village of St-Jean on the way to St-Privat. The new English winemaker John Sanderson works with French vineyard manager Antoine Cotes sourcing premium Syrah, Carignan and Grenache from different vineyard parcels, much of it covered in chunks of brownish red schist and rough stones making the terroir here all the more tangible and challenging. They reflect this in the names of each wine, such as Pica Broca and Puech de Glen - the latter, curiously Occitan/Scots sounding cuvée made mostly from their best Syrah.

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