A green gold robe with flashes of silvery grey. Expressive nose with fruity notes of white peach, opening up to
reveal hints of pastry and marzipan. Fresh, mineral, light and supple on the palate with a minty finish
The Domaine de l’Aigle islocated close to the village of
Roquetaillade, near Limoux in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The estate covers some 31 hectares, with vines planted between 250 and 500 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallee de l’Aude, and indeed the Languedoc. Chardonnay vines thrive in climatic conditions similar to those of Burgundy, where the grape originated; an ocean ice climate with continental influences, frequent rainfall and a wide temperature range. The Domaine de l’Aigle estate produces Languedoc-Roussillon wines with a surprising freshness and an exceptional minerality. The vines are grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable
agriculture set by Terra Vitis, with trace ability level and
production techniques accredited by independent inspectors.
|Wine maker notes
|The vineyard is densely planted, with around 5000 to 6000 vines per hectare, allowing us to keep the vines under control and produce wines of exceptional quality. The vines are trellis edusing espaliers to ensure optimal sunlight exposure, allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. The vines require regular care and manual upkeep, with pruning, de-budding and thinning out the leaves all conducted to environmentally-friendly specifications.
The different varieties are harvested separately, by hand, once they have reached peak maturity and transported to the cellar in special bins. The juice is immediately extracted by delicate pneumatic pressing, thus guaranteeing the superior quality of the must. The must is cooled and left to settle before alcoholic fermentation begins. The wine is left to mature over fine lees, and a certain proportion is transferred into oak barrels for full malolactic fermentation.
|From the discovery of the Tautavel man to the Roman hegemony in Narbonne, via the Visigoth occupation and the Cathar heresy, Languedoc-Roussillon’s past is steeped in rich history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, a phylloxera epidemic, coupled with overproduction and widespread fraud, wrought havoc for winegrowers, who subsequently decided to revolt. Since the 1950s the wines of the Languedoc have become increasingly refined, and the best estates now produce wines of truly exceptional quality. Gerard Bertrand is determined to drive this progress even further, through continued innovation and by creating internationally-renowned appellations and wines.