The north east corner of the Minervois, the wine and its terroir
At Château d’Agel we consider our terroir to be a strength, a very important factor of quality.
In the eyes of specialists, the area around the village of Agel is considered as one of the best terroirs in the Languedoc. This superb terroir has also been recognized by the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) and will very soon receive its own sub-appellation, Minervois Cazelles.
Our vineyard is located in the extreme east of the Minervois, at the foothills of the Montagne Noire in the heart of the “Haut Languedoc National Park”.
The landscape is made up of hills, plains, shelf, terraces and mid-mountain relief. Vegetation of garrigues, pines and oaks occupy the space left free by the vine.
The shelf de Cazelles, 220 metres above sea level, is distinguished by its stony limestone soils
The Cazelles shelf is covered with white limestone stones that allow heat to be stored during the day and released to the vines at night. To express the formidable potential of this terroir, every attention is paid to working the soil in an environmentally friendly manner.
The “Les Crozes” vineyards, located 100 metres above sea level in the Cesse valley, have complex soils composed of rolled pebbles, sandstone and clay, as well as alluvial soil.
Thanks to our terroir, we find the essential elements for the elaboration of a quality wine. Deep soils where the roots of the vine can go down deep into the soil, but also poor soils requiring the vines to suffer and thus make an effort to create the rare aromas.
A terroir is not just a piece of land, it is a combination of natural factors and the winemaker’s know-how. An ideal soil and climate combined with a perfectly adapted grape variety can however only give the best of themselves if the winegrower and the winemaker bring in their respective expertise.
The natural factors soil, subsoil, vines, grape varieties, climate, exposure, geographical location and human factors are inseparable from the notion of terroir.
Altogether they characterize the typicity of a wine and allow it to express its character.
The winemaker must take into account all these natural elements to work his vineyard and express his terroir through his wines. At Château d’Agel, our team of enthusiasts works to preserve the authentic tradition while constantly improving existing and integrating new techniques and ideas.
The wines of Château d’Agel are the mirror of our terroir, where the daily effort is mixed with the passion of the people.