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Château de Flaugergues, Montpellier

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Château de Flaugergues, Montpellier

Château de Flaugergues is more grand palatial home than working winery.

The first thing to welcome you on site is the courtyard with a restaurant (Folia) and wine shop. What’s really impressive is semi-concealed by the botanical garden – the Château itself.

Bamboo forest, Château de Flaugergues, Montpellier

This was a house built for the Comte de Colbert in the centuries past and was home not only to the current Comtes, Henri Comte de Colbert, but also history and treasures brought back from and for the previous Comtes.

The estate is run in a very hands on way by the Comte de Colbert and his son, who also happens to be the wine maker.

There’s generations of tradition at Château de Flaugergues but this certainly hasn’t stopped them creating an eclectic portfolio of wines.

Case in point, their Cuvée Foliae Blanc 2012 comes in an electric blue bottle and is packed with minerality. The Cuvée Sommelière Blanc 2012 was much more elegant, showing vibrant freshness and quite a bit of (confused) complexity from its blend of five grapes.

The Cuvée Les Comtes Rosé 2012 had excellent structure for a rosé, with plenty of red fruits coming through.

The Cuvée Les Comtes Rouge 2011 showed similar structure but also offered high tannins and quite a herbaceous finish. It will certainly take to ageing a little more. In contrast, the Cuvée Sommelière Rouge 2011 showed much lower tannins while retaining fresh red fruit on the nose and palate.

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Qin Xie
Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef. When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN. Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014. According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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