In the 90th we owned the Swedish wine import company Via Domitia, which was specialized on Languedoc wine. Now, as retired and living in Languedoc, we are still interested in wine and have the opportunity to have our former producers nearby and also to explore many new vine-yards. We like to share that experience with you in this guide.

Sunday, May 12, 2013


CHATEAU L’HOSPITALET - Route de Narbonne Plage, 11100 Narbonne 

The Swedish alcohol monopoly pretends that Languedoc wines does not exist at all, with one exception. If you talk to the wine expert in the large shops of Systembolaget and mention Chateau l’Hospitalet and Gerard Bertrand, their eyes start sparkling and they get an almost religious look in their faces. The American wine magazine Wine Enthusiast have awarded Gerard Bertrand to be the best European wine maker 2012. 

The vine-yard is located in the mountains of La Clape, between Narbonne and Narbonne Plage. The vine-yard lies beautifully in a sea of vine along the most beautiful winding road to the sea. The La Clape mountains have quite a few top quality vine-yards and the prizes on their prestige wines are rather high. 
Château l’Hospitalet rents or owns land in many places around in Languedoc and can therefore offer wines of many different types (AOP). You can taste and buy wine from a number of areas within Languedoc here. The prize range I between a few euros per bottle for variety wines up to plus 40 euros for designer’s wines like Cigalus, La Forge and Viala. If you choose to buy older, more mature, bottles the prize can be still much higher.

Château l’Hospitalet is much more than a vine-yard and a wine-shop. They have a very good restaurant, a hotel and a number of small shops rented out to artists and others. They also arrange very interesting art exhibitions with painting, photography and sculpture and also jazz-concert with food and wine.

Nobelvin 2013: Vid Nobelmiddagen 2013 serverades Château l’Hospitalet La Reserve Rouge 2011, Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape


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