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).