- Domaine Begude
- 2021 - 2023
- Case size
Goedhuis, March 2021
Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the South of France is the brilliant Domaine Begude. We are proud to say that we have been working with this domaine for over 20 years and to celebrate this happy collaboration we now have our very own label for the 2020 Le Haut de Puits! This organic wine is named after its limestone and clay rich vineyard, the 2020 is beautifully crisp and delicately saline with delightful notes of fresh apple and pear. Reminiscent of a refreshing Chablis in style, it’s an incredibly versatile and a brilliant value drinker.
Matthew Jukes, April 2021
I wrote a long piece about the wonderful Kinglake family and their idyllic estate in Limoux, in Episode 10 of Wednesday Wines a year ago, so if you would like to read about some of the background of this wine then please use the search facility on this website. Long term experts at making cool-climate Chardonnays in the South of France I actually served a precursor of this very wine at my own wedding (back in 2010), such is the sheer quality and also the crowd-pleasing appeal of Begude’s creations. Goedhuis commissioned their very own cuvée in the 2020 vintage, Le Haut du Puits, and it is a stunningly beautiful wine. Gentle, pretty, faintly honeysuckle-kissed and serene on the palate this is a wonderful everyday white for the spring and summer which you can serve to all-comers and with all dishes. In a word – delightful.
Domaine Bégude was purchased by English couple James and Catherine Kinglake in 2003. The estate lies high in the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees in the South of France, near Limoux, a village best known for its sparkling wine, Blanquette de Limoux and terrific Chardonnays. The key to Bégude’s excellent balance and freshness is the altitude of the vineyards – a staggering 350 metres above sea level – which ensures a long cool growing season. This fact, coupled with tiny yields, organically certified farming and biodynamic techniques, resulted in grapes of the highest quality.
The Languedoc covers a vast swathe of the south of France, stretching from Nimes in the east to Toulouse in the west. It is home to France’s best value wines, and to appellations as varied as Picpoul de Pinet (a refreshing white wine from the Mediterranean coast) to Minervois (a deeply structured, rustic red wine from the wild hillsides).