Chateau St Jacques d'Albas
Established in 1800s
Château St Jacques d’Albas has a long and rich vinous history, dating all the way back to the 14th century. Situated in the Minervois, close to the medieval city of Carcassonne, the Châteaux 26ha of organic vines are enclosed in 73ha of forest and garrigue which are teaming with wildlife, and an 11th century chapel. It was the beauty of the location and the potential of the vineyards which attracted Brits, Graham and Beatrice Nutter, to buy the property and realise their dream of making wine.
Over the last 20 years, Graham and Beatrice have carefully restored the property, replanted the vineyards and converted to organic farming practices. Syrah (the grape, not Graham’s dog) remains the dominant grape of the estate, with white varietals such as Viognier, Vermentino, Marsanne and Roussanne being introduced over time. The Petit St Jacques, Pays d’Oc bottlings are deliciously easy drinking and great value for money. The top cuvée, La Chapelle rouge, is 100% old vine syrah aged for 18 months in oak. La Chapelle en Rose can stand up to food while being pale enough to drink as an aperitif and the White Château d’Albas is simply the most delicious white minervois you can find.