Jean-Luc Terrier and Christian Collovray are childhood friends from the village of Davayé in the Mâconnais. Not only did they go into business together as the owners of Domaine des Deux Roches, but they also married into the same family. Now, they have branched out beyond the reaches of the Mâcon.
They have bought a single estate on the 125 acre Château d’Antugnac, located 50 kilometers south of the Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. There, at 300 meters elevation in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude (“Vallée d’Atacis”), lies the little village of Antugnac, in a high valley surrounded by steep clay-limestone slopes with exposure to the south, ideal for the vine.
The Domaine’s vines are planted on slopes at 500 meters, on very meager, shallow clay-limestone soil. The angle of the slopes and the elevation allow the vines to be well-aired; and the elevation mitigates the Mediterranean climate, especially at night.
The vineyards are planted with 28 hectares of red (36% Merlot, 36% Pinot Noir, 14% Cabernet franc, and 14% Syrah) and 28 hectares of Chardonnay. The vines are old – they average 30 years; the oldest are almost 40 years old. Due to the age of the vines and spacing of the plants, the yields are extremely low: often less than half the authorized yield for Vin de Pays. Beginning in 2002, the domaine will be putting in place narrow rows of vines with large density planting. The total production averages 200,000 bottles per year.
“This young domaine confirms the excellence of the Limoux terriors to produce great white wines. The Chardonnay is absolutely magnificent. All the whites are delicious and the Limoux attained in the 2000’s a finesse and an elegance almost unheard of in Languedoc. These are magnificent Chardonnays with no heaviness.” (Bettane & Desseauve: Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France 2003)