France: Languedoc Roussillon

North and West of Perpignan

Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Rivesaltes and Maury
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 22 April 2010
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Domaine de la Pertuisane

Address: Route de Cucugnan 66460 Maury
Tel: 06 71 45 15 70 / 04 68 59 26 31 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:48:51N (42.81430)    Longitude: 2:35:46E (2.59607)) 

Richard and Sarah Case make powerful concentrated reds sourced from very low yielding, old vine Grenache and Carignan, which are labelled as Vins de Pays as they don't fit appellation rules i.e. they do not contain Syrah! They have about 5ha found on the steep schist slopes around Maury, where Richard and Sarah settled in 2002. Richard has recently gone into partnership with an American winemaker, Dave Phinney of Napa's Orin Swift fame (the man behind the hugely successful 'Prisoner' label), who has invested a tidy sum in 80ha of vineyards and a bold high-tech winery aptly named ‘ Department 66 ’ (it’s signposted off the Route de Cucugnan), 2009 was his first vintage so watch this space! Richard is now using the new winery as his cellar and base.


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