This very interesting property of 90 hectares, wedged between the Montaigne Noire and the Canal
du Midi, has been a labour of love for owner Graham Nutter. When he purchased it in 2001, he
could not have known the history that literally seeps out of the ground. The 11th century chapel,
lovingly restored is the central feature (and namesake) of the property, is on the pilgrim route of the
13th century Cathar movement and Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
The vineyard has been restored and enlarged, soil reinvigorated and yields reduced, a winery and
underground cellar built with modern equipment. Incorporated into these building is a small
concert hall which permanently houses a beautiful Steinway concert grand piano.
The typical Minervois grape varieties of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan make up the
reds and rosés with some Viognier, Vermentino and Rousanne for the single white wine.
2012 Chateau d’Albas
16.5/20 Points – By Jancis Robinson