The eagle’s nest or the gentleman’s abode? (Domaine de l’Aigle, Languedoc)

Roquetaillade hilltop village. Domaine de l’Aigle winery. Limoux. Languedoc. An early winter morning with mist still laying low and sunshine glowing golden. France. Europe. Vineyard.

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Domaine de l’Aigle, Limoux, Languedoc, France, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine — This is only a selection of samples. Use Image SEARCH to find more photos — Domaine de l’Aigle is a winery in the Limoux appellation with a chequered history. It is located in a remote valley in Limoux that is in the south of the Languedoc on the border to Roussillon in the south of France. It was founded by Jean Louis Denois (whose current winery is only a stone’s throw away). He sold it to the Burgundy négociant Antonin Rodet, who in turn some years later sold it to Gerard Bertrand, of Chateau l’Hospitalet fame.

The Domaine de l’Aigle winery is small and crowded. They have 26 hectares of vineyards and have not much space to vinify it. The region is relatively high in altitude in inland, which means that it is colder than in many other parts of the Languedoc. Domaine de l’Aigle has consequently planted grapes that are not the typical Languedoc grapes: they have pinot noir for red wine and chardonnay and chenin blanc for white wine. The vinification is modern, with fermentation in stainless steel tanks and with some barrel aging of the wines. They have experimented with machine harvest and concluded that the wine grapes are preferably harvested by machine but they still do manual harvest for the reds.

Since the grape varieties they use are not the ones permitted by the appellation (or at least not in the proportions they use them) they do not have the appellation but instead they call the wines Vin de Pays d’Oc (or now with recent EU name changes IGP). They make an elegant pinot noir red wine and also cuvées with chardonnay and chenin blanc.

All images © copyright Per Karlsson, BKWine. Images may not be used without our permission.


Languedoc Limoux Domaine de l’Aigle – stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

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