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Domaine de l'Aigle

Domaine de l’Aigle, situated around the picturesque village of Roquetaillade, near Limoux at the foot of the Pyrenees, is one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude and in all of Languedoc, at an altitude of about 500 metres. The wines produced here evoke the exceptional freshness and minerality of the Languedoc-Roussillon. The cool damp climate with oceanic influences preserves the aromas of the grapes and their longevity.

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THE WINES OF THE ESTATE

Domaine de l’Aigle, situated around the picturesque village of Roquetaillade, near Limoux at the foot of the Pyrenees, is one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude and in all of Languedoc, at an altitude of about 500 metres. The estate is right in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 20 km from a 2000m summit. The vines, planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, thrive on the highly favourable climatic conditions. Domaine de l’Aigle produces wines with the exceptional freshness and minerality of the Languedoc-Roussillon. At this property some plots are at altitudes of 503m. The temperatures are therefore 2 or 3°C below the average for the Languedoc.

The climate is fresh and unusual in that it is very damp, with an average rainfall of 900mm per year. The beneficial effect is to delay the harvest by more than a month compared with the coast or the plain, and it also preserves the aromas of the grapes as well as giving the wine a durability beyond maturation or barrel fermentation and maintains a high natural acidity to give perfect balance.

The climate has oceanic influences which provide a vegetation of deciduous trees, particularly oak.

The wines of Domaine de l’Aigle are fresh, fruity with a soft minerality. The characteristic vinification process at the estate focuses on the important effect of wood on the wines and the use of barrels is significant.

If Domaine de l’Aigle was a colour: blue for the sky and eagles, then green for the abundant greenery of the landscape.

If Domaine de l’Aigle was a person: an elegant and refined woman, dressed to kill, like the estate’s wines.

"When you roam through the vineyards at Domaine de l’Aigle you have a feeling of freedom, of space and of rising above everything. It’s often possible to catch sight of eagles and other birds of prey. These majestic birds sum up the image of the estate and reflect the impressions one has when observing the landscape."

Richard Planas, Gérard Bertrand's estates Director

Domaine de l’Aigle consists of chalky-clay soil and benefits from a very particular climate with lots of humidity brought in by oceanic influences.

 

 

 

 

area of vines
45ha

The two main grape varieties are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and are particularly well adapted to the climate which is comparable to that of the Burgundy region. The Pinot Noir is what makes this estate original as it is only in this part of the Languedoc that it can suitably be grown.

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