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Languedoc-Roussillon

Allegria, Pézenas

Allegria, Pézenas

Wine Experience Gift in Languedoc, south France.  Adopt-a-vine gift. Domaine Allegria Bettane Desseauve 2014 Wine Guide Allegria, Pézenas, Languedoc, La Revue du vin de france, 2010 vintage special, Top Pick  Allegria International Wine Challenge 2012 bronze medal Guide Hachette des Vins de France 2016   
  

The Winery

Perched on the first hills of the Haut Languedoc, the Allegria winery has stunning panoramic views overlooking the plains below that stretch to the Mediterranean and to the Montagne Noire to the west.  On a clear day, the snow capped peaks of the Pyrenees can also be seen in the distance.

This promising winery was created in 2008 with the purchase of 9 hectares of vines by Ghislain and Delphine d'Aboville, and Roberto de la Mota, one of the most respected Argentinian oenologists. The winery has already caught the eye of critics: Poivre de Mourvèdre 2012 red wine has recently been heralded by Olivier Poussier, the World's Best Sommelier of 2000. He commented that this wine is "a rare pearl of pure mourvèdre. A very colourful wine that opens it arms to you with a concentration of spice and fruits. And the "Cousu Main" red wine caught the attention of the tasting panel from La Revue du Vin de France. "Intense, smoky, and full of character. It has a generous body and will further improve with age." Rating: 14.5-15.5. The Guide Hachette des Vins 2016 wine guide awarded a star for the 2012 vintage. And its “Petits Bonheurs” red wine was selected by La Revue du Vin de France, the renowned French wine magazine, in their 2016 vintage special edition, as one of the best wines of the 2016 vintage. “Interesting blend of syrah and cinsault, colourful, very expressive, deliciously liquoricy. As good as it gets.”

Allegria is one of the first Languedoc wineries created that is completely respectful of the environment. The 9 hectares of vines are iorganically certified, and the new wine making and storing buildings have been designed with the same philosophy; a grass roof, rainwater collecting tank, solar paneled electricity…

The vineyards are planted with a nice mix of Mediterranean grape varietals; a majority of Syrah, lots of Mourvèdre, a few acres of Cinsault and a small plot of Carignan.

Adopt a vine at the Allegria winery and get involved in making your own wine with the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience

Region

Languedoc Roussillon is a stunning region where the vines and Mediterranean Sea meet.  Stretching from the edge of Nîmes to the Spanish border, its vineyards make up the largest wine growing region in France.
The past few years have seen a real transformation of Languedoc Roussillon with the arrival of a new generation of winemakers, united in their aim of improving the quality of their wine whilst being more respectful to the land that provides their livelihood.  Today, Languedoc Roussillon has the largest surface area of organic vines in France.  
At the moment, a reclassification of the Languedoc wines is in process, the best areas being designated as “Grand Cru”. 

Vineyard Visit. Meet the winemakers, Ghislain and Delphine d'Aboville at domaine Allegria, Pézenas, Languedoc-Roussillon, south of France. 

The Winemakers Welcome You...

Ghislain and Delphine d’Aboville form part of the group of young, talented winemakers from the region that are improving the quality and perception of Languedoc wine.


After 8 years spent at Moët Hennessy as Marketing Director, Ghislain decided to follow his passion for wine and went back to study in Winemaking and Oenology.  He continued his training in some of the great wine estates of Languedoc, Argentina and Tuscany, allowing him to mix the local traditions with knowledge gained from abroad.


Ghislain and Delphine scoured the Mediterranean coast for 2 years, searching for the perfect terroir and vineyard that would enable them to give the best expression to their wines, before settling with their 4 children on the terroir of Pézenas.


The Allegria winery is also the story of a Franco Argentine friendship, Roberto de la Mota also embarking in the adventure with Ghismain and Delphine.  Roberto is one of the great Argentine oenologues and helps Ghislain and Delphine in their decisions.  During his illustrious career, Roberto has created some of Argentina’s most acclaimed wines such as Cheval des Andes, the fruit of a partnership between the famous Bordeaux wine estate, Cheval Blanc, and the Bodega Terrazas de los Andes.


A passionate and engaging couple, Ghislain and Delphine are the perfect hosts to discover their region and to share their know-how in making their wines.

Personalised Wine Gift. Tribu d'A AOC Coteaux de Languedoc Pézenas 

Tribu d'A

The wine chosen for the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience at Allegria is their Tribu d’A, made from 80% syrah and 20% mourvèdre.


The vineyard is currently in the final stages of turning organic, and the 2011 vintage should be the first to be certified as being made with organically grown grapes.


Tribu d’A distinguishes itself with its black fruit aroma and peppery notes.  In the mouth, the syrah dominates with its violet taste and good minerality.  The tannins present are soft and give a magnificent long finish.


Two-thirds of the wine is aged in the vats, the remaining third in oak barrels.  By blending the wine from the vats and barrels, the blended wine gains in complexity.  The wine aged in the vats has more fruit, and is fresher.  The wine from the barrels has more depth and structure, marked with spicy and peppery aromas.  The blending brings together these distinct aromatic profiles to create a well-balanced wine with a potential of laying down.

Charcteristics
> Wine - Red, Coteaux du Languedoc Pézenas
> Grape Varieties – Syrah (80%) and Mourvèdre (20%)
> Vineyard size – 9ha
> Soil – Volcanic gravel terraces
> Style – complex with a long finish.  Black fruits and spicy notes
> Keeps – 5-10 years
> Ideal with – Barbecued meats, duck, red mullett...

Availability of the wine
The wine is bottled 18-24 months after the harvest.

Getting There

By Plane

The closest airport is Montpellier, which is about a one hour drive away.  Flights are available from the UK, Belgium and Spain. 
At the end of May 2011, Flybe are due to start operating flights to Béziers from the UK and Ireland from the end of May.  Ryanair also have a limited service from Germany and the UK to Béziers. Béziers airport is about 45 minutes from Allegria.
Other airport options are Carcasonne and Nîmes, both about 1 hour 20 minutes drive away, and Marseille and Toulouse (2 hours 20). 

By Car
The distances and times below are estimated using GoogleMaps from the city centre to Domaine Allegria, lieu-dit Fontarêche, Caux 34720.

 

Depart

KM

Miles

Time

Toulouse 214 133 2h 15
Marseille 236 146 2h 29
Barcelona  314  195  3h 09
Lyon 369  229 3h 38
Bordeaux 454 282  4h 17
Geneva 515  320  4h 53
Paris  735  457 6h 46
Milan  707 439 6h 56
Rennes  905  562 8h 20
Calais  1 022 635 9h 20
Brussels 1 038 645  9h 44
To find out distances and times from other destinations, please click on this link

Accommodation

Prix NomCoordonnéesProximité du vignoble
45-60 La Maison

9, avenue de la Gare, 34120 Tourbes

+33 (0)4 67 98 86 95

contact@lamaison-tourbes.com 

13km / 9m
85-125 Maison Dix

10 Avenue de la Gare, 34320 Neffies

+33 (0)4 67 89 55 83

enquiries@maisondix.com

3.5km / 2m
95 -140 Hotel de Vigniamont

5 rue Massillon, 34120 Pézenas
+33 (0)4 67 35 14 88

info@hoteldevigniamont.com

12km / 8m
63-149 Hostellerie de Saint-Alban

31 route d'Agde, Nézignan l'Evêque, 34120 Pézenas

+33 (0)4 67 98 11 38

info@saintalban.com

10km / 7m
105-220 La Distillerie

6 rue Calquières Hautes, 34120 Pézenas

+33 (0)4 67 11 87 15

13km / 9m
95-130 Le 5 Gallery

5, rue Canabasserie, 34120 Pézenas

+33 (0)6 07 23 05 37

le5pezenas@gmail.com 

10km / 7m

Near By Attractions

  • Pézenas – Historic town famous for art, considered to be the Saint Emillion of the Languedoc region. Step back in time at the Scénovision museum dedicated to the life and works of Molière who started his career in Pézenas

  • Marseillan – Visit the picturesque fishing port and beach and laze away your day.  Enjoy the oysters and fresh seafood

  • Salagou Lake – Walk in the stunning landscape around the lake and Cirque de Mourèze. 

Links

Languedoc Roussillon Regional Tourist Office: http://www.languedoc.visite.org/
Hérault Departmental Tourist Office : http://www.herault-tourisme.com/
Pézenas Local Tourist Office : http://www.ot-pezenas-valdherault.com/ 



Agrandir le plan
 Best wines for the 2014 vintage

One of the best wines of the 2012 & 2014 vintages

As with every year, the highly reputed Revue du Vin de France wine magazine has published its selection of the 1500 best wines for the 2014 vintage. And the Guide Hachette des Vins de France has just been published.

In the Languedoc, the "Cousu Main" red wine from the Allegria winery caught the attention of the tasting panel. "Intense, smoky, and full of character. It has a generous body and will further improve with age." Rating: 14.5-15.5.

And the Guide Hachette des Vins wine guide awarded a star for the Cousu Main 2012 wine, produced by Domaine Allegria.  “This wine, made with lots of care, is full of strength that is hinted at by its dark colour.  Fine mineral notes rub shoulders with intense cocoa, coffee, and red fruit aromas.  The tight and fine tannins give the foundation necessary for a long and sophisticated wine.”

Congratulations to Delphine & Ghislain d'Aboville for these latest accolades!

 

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