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Summary for wine professionals

Chateau Saint Jacques d’Albas is an independent family-owned vineyard in the hills close to Carcassonne. We take an organic approach to viticulture with very low yielding vines, applying the Cousinié protocol to reach the optimal mineral balance for our terroir and our vines. We make "fruit-first" wines, supported by complex yet soft tannins, that we feel manifest the potential for the Minervois and as recognised by the likes of Wine Advocate and Jancis Robinson.

§  Graham and Andrew Nutter - Father and son owners
§  Arnaud Mayade - Head Régisseur, Oenologue with over 25 years’ experience
§  Aline Wansch - Sales Support & Admin, WSET level 2 diploma
§  Richard Osborn - Consultant Oenologue, advisor to both New and Old-World vineyards

Domaine (more details)
§  27 Hectares of vine on clay and sandstone soil
§  Protected by 60 Hectares of forest and “garrigue” (local vegetation)
§  Rich natural ecosystem of plants, birds, and animals
§  Mediterranean semi-arid climate with ~300 days sunshine per year.
§  Slight elevation (~100-150m). Topography sloping up from the sea, providing a breezy corridor to control humidity, keep the vines dry and protect from rot (easier to embark on minimalist and organic approach)

History (more details)
§  Populated in Roman times, on one of the “Saint Jacques de Compostelle” routes
§  11th century Chapel built over historic “energy lines” (protecting the vines?)
§  Acquired by Mr Nutter in 2001 and entirely renovated over 15 years. New winery, underground cellar, concerts, tourist facilities

Approach (more details)
§  Heavily limit yields with high quality clones, and take organic approach to managing soil and vines using the Cousinié protocol
§  Improve long-term health of the vines by providing natural nutrients to soil
§  Focus on improving soil and vine’s natural resistance to pests, diseases and environmental stresses. Less intervention, yield stability and better grape

Wines (more details)
§  4 red wines, based mostly on Syrah and Grenache, complemented by a Vermentino and Viognier white, and two Grenache and Mourvèdre based rosés
§  70,000 bottles in a modern, temperature-controlled winery
§  Exported throughout Europe, Asia and North America