Château Milhau Lacugue

Les Truffières
Saint Chinian AOP 2017

truffieres

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 owns 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.
Reasoned cultivation that seeks to boost the life of the soil insteadof feeding
the vine as a priority.
Tall trellising, ploughing in the line and around the vines in  Spring.
The Estate wants to achieve HEV 3 standard in the current year..

Syrah 75%
Grenache Noir 25%

Fermentation temperature is controlled to regulate the process during the whole maceration period.
Re-assemblies, delestage and return by percolation allow a gentle extraction which benefits  the typicality of the grape varieties in their structure and aromas.


Running off after five and four weeks of fermentation.
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Serve at 18 / 19°C.

This wine will benefit from decanting and breathing before drinking.

Exceptionnaly long and complex, it will suit elaborate dishes.