Chateau Montpezat (Languedoc-Roussillon)
Montpezat is located in the eastern portion of the Languedoc in the small town of Pezenas, a town that, many years ago, was the center of trade and culture in the Languedoc region. Wine has been produced on this estate since 1884, but the chateau has been there since before 1646.
Christophe and Laurence Blanc, the current family proprietors, farm their 37 acres by hand and virtually alone. They grow quite a few grape varieties there (Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and others) and they bottle both IGP wines as well as AOP Languedoc wines. Christophe and Laurence have farmed the estate organically for many, many years, but the estate became certified organic in May of 2009. The Blancs are supremely committed to organic farming and even seek out lighter bottles for their wine in order to lessen their carbon footprint as the wine travels to its final destination.
Montpezat enjoys a variety of soil compositions; alluvial/gravely soil on the ancient terraces and clay/limestone in the lower elevations. This allows for the growing of very different grape varieties and also encourages the depth and complexity that is always found in their wines.
Further, Christophe and Laurence are some of my dearest friends in France and some of the hardest working vignerons that I have ever encountered. Their commitment to high quality is unrivaled, and it's a real treat to be able to represent their wines in the US.