Château Haut Lignières

1er Rose 2023
Faugères AOP


Estate bottled

The slopes of Faugères and the schist soil

In 2007 Jérôme Rateau bought the property with its two cellars, and twelve hectares of vines. He had initially planned a career in sport, but was forced to rethink following an injury. He also enjoyed science, particularly biology, and that led to a degree in oenology at Bordeaux.

His first job was to work for a large Bordeaux estate on the right bank, which produced 10,000 hl a year. There he learnt a lot, mainly what not to do, and then he worked as a consultant oenologist. Soon Jérôme realized that what he really wanted to do was to make his own wine. He wrote a business plan, enlisted support from his parents, and after a lot of looking, he eventually came to Faugères and bought Haut Lignières in time to help with the 2007 harvest.

He was taken by the terroir, the slopes of Faugères and the schist soil.







Soils : hills at 350 m altitude. Broken schists.

Cultivation : reasoned cultivation, ploughing of the soil, machine harvesting.

Yield : 40 hl/ha.

Grenache 40%
Cinsault 60%

Vinification : extraction solely by bleeding.

Fermentation at 17°C under temperature control.

Maturing : 6 months in vat.

Serve at  12 / 14°C.

Colour : pale and rosy

Nose : Flowery and fruity, with exotic fruit fragrances.

Full and round, with stimulating freshness.