Château de Mayragues Gaillac Clos de Mages 2005

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Chateau de Mayragues:
The Chateau Built in the 13th and late 16th centuries, the Chateau de Mayragues is one of the few surviving examples of the local fortified architecture with an overhanging balcony running round the top of the building serving in ancient times as a defensive walkway. At the side there's a picturesque dovecote built on four columns and typical of the Languedoc region; the pigeon droppings were... Read more
The Chateau Built in the 13th and late 16th centuries, the Chateau de Mayragues is one of the few surviving examples of the local fortified architecture with an overhanging balcony running round the top of the building serving in ancient times as a defensive walkway. At the side there's a picturesque dovecote built on four columns and typical of the Languedoc region; the pigeon droppings were used as a fertilizer for the vines. We bought Mayragues in 1980 in a state of total ruin and have been restoring it ever since, with the help of local craftsmen and using only traditional materials. Our efforts were rewarded in 1998 with the Grand Prix of the Vieilles Maisons Françaises. Mayragues is listed as a Historic Building. Crossroads Mayragues sits at the crossroads between heaven and earth, between the past and the future. We cultivate our vines in accordance with the practices of Bio-Dynamics, probably very little changed from times when vines were first grown at Mayragues two thousand years ago. As the motto of Gaillac has it, "Wines of the future always have a past". In a deed of purchase dated 1609, the vines are mentioned (a description of the property today would closely resemble that of 400 years ago!) and the discovery of bits of Roman pottery and artifacts suggests that vines were first grown at Mayragues at the time the Romans are known to have established the vines in the Gaillac region. Read less

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