In 1974, when Jean and Bernard Dauré acquired Château de Jau, one of the most beautiful viticultural properties in Roussillon, it was rare to find wines from the region produced beyond the department’s boundaries. In 1983, they decided, without hesitation, to clear the garrigue-covered slops in order to plant Grenache Noir and Carignan on a plateau of 26 hectares. Rocks were broken and ground down to create land for vines in an audacious effort unknown in Catalan memory! Bernard Dauré remembers with amusement the lines of onlookers who came on successive Sundays to “have a look at the cemetery.” Today, these vines, at times influenced by the sea, at other times “cleaned” by the north wind, enjoy an ideal exposure that favours the full maturity of the grapes. Today the estate has 100 hectares of vines and 500 hectares of garrigue. In the plots that run along the Agly valley and in those that cling to the slopes up to 150 metres in altitude, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet, Muscat à Petits Grains, Vermentino and the Grenache red and white drive their roots deep into soils of clay, clay-limestone, marl, and dark schist.

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