Château Milhau Lacugue

Cuvée des Chevaliers
Saint Chinian AOP 2013

cuvee-chevaliers

Estate bottled

Major temperature differences

Château Milhau Lacugue is located North from the village of Puisserguier, West from Beziers. Between 88 and 205 m high, its vineyards receive a lot of wind, which makes for one of its main characters, major temperature differences.

As for many properties in this area, an old Roman villa can be found at its origin : Villa Emilio, Emilius’ farm, which stood on one of the Roman roads that ran around the Mediterranean.

Owned by the Order of the Hospitaliers in the Middle Ages, Milhau is a rest area on the way to Compostellla. Several corner stones on the Domain still bear the 8 branches star of the Order.

Sold as a Nation’s property after the French Revolution, the Estate will not be split until 1927. It will then take 40 years to put it back together. This is done from 1969 by the Lacugue family.

Wine

Soil

Wine

Making

Drinking

Advice

Jean Lacugue is now in charge of the château and its 60 hectares of Saint Chinian, Coteaux du Languedoc and Vins de Pays, spread among 120 hectares of olive trees, garrigue and blackberry bushes where cicadas chirp in Summer.

Soils are from Secondary and Tertiary, and therefore make very different terroirs.

Syrah 60%
Grenache Noir 40%

The harvest is totally destemmed. The two varietals are then vinified together, under temperature control for 26 days.

Maturing is done in vat and tun for 18 months.

Serve at 17 / 18°C.

This wine is now ready to drink, with soft tannins which will complement a roast, or a local stew from the south like Cassoulet.