Château du Grand Caumont
Region of production
AOP level: Corbières and Corbières Boutenac IGP level: Oc and Aude
1000 ha villa in Roman times. In 1850, under the ownership of Auguste Sarda, the estate became a site of viticultural experimentation and a model through-out the region. Louis Rigal purchased the property in 1906 and laid the groundwork for the current w
Very hot, dry and windy
Clay-limestone and free-draining gravelly soils
A rugged, stony, arid terroir
Terraces, 105 ha in production
Sustainable agriculture in theory and practice; not officially certified
400 000 to 500 000 bottles per year Red wine: 96 %; white wine: 2 %; rosé: 2 %
Cabernet Sauvignon , Grenache Noir , Merlot, Mourvedre , Vermentino
Ages of Vines
40 years-old. The Carignan vines are over 80 years-old
Behind the Wines
Laurence and Françoise Rigal
Laurence Rigal has run Château du Grand Caumont for the past 15 years. She is also an administrator for the AOP Corbières syndicate, and a founding member of the regional association "Parole de Femmes". Laurence manages the estate to the same high-quality standards as her mother before her. Françoise Rigal's tenure marked a major turning point. She was responsible for restructuring the vineyards, renovating the winery, and initiating the sale of the estate's wines in bottle.
A Land Steeped in History
While its origins may lie in ancient Rome, the estate has been firmly rooted in the Rigal family since Louis Rigal acquired the property, and founded the modern-day estate, in 1906.
"On the night of my wedding, May 30th, 1998, my mother presented me with a special wine, La Réserve de Laurence 1995, that she had made especially for this occasion. It was a wonderful surprise." - Laurence Rigal, winemaker
From Roman Times to the Revolution
In Roman times, the Manzanetto villa was a 1000 ha property of mixed crops. In the 9th century, the French King Charles “the Bald” gifted the estate to his nephew. Nine centuries later, the Château burnt down during the French Revolution.
The Rebirth of the Estate
In 1850, Auguste Sarda received a diploma of honour from the region for his work in transforming the property into an agri-viticultural estate. In 1906, ownership passed to Louis Rigal, and the estate in its current form was established. His son, also named Louis, followed after him, and was succeeded by his wife Françoise in the late 1970s. Today, their daughter Laurence runs the estate.
Carignan, the Star Grape
The entrance to the estate is planted with very old Carignan vines. This 80-year-old parcel of vines is a symbol of Château du Grand Caumont’s innovative practices. The estate was a pioneer in the technique of whole bunch vinification. A portion of these old vines is blended into each of the Corbières PDO which gives fruity and silky wines, with a lot of roundness and elegance.