Château de Lancyre

The Château was built in the 1500s on the ruins of a 12th century fort. Records of winemaking in the building date back to 1550, and ruins of stone cuves from that period are still visible. The Château and 37 acres of Carignan and Cinsault vines were purchased by the Durand and Valentin families in 1970. The winery was in poor condition and the families started restoration work immediately. At the same time, they planted additional acreage of Syrah and Grenache. At the time of the purchase, the Durands already had 30 acres of their own vineyards, including a small recently planted parcel of Syrah, one of the first in Languedoc. The Valentins also brought in their own 20 acres, mostly Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault. Today the Domaine consists of 128 acres of AOC vineyards, mostly in Pic Saint-Loup, with all of the Appellation wine estate-bottled at the Château.

Pic Saint-Loup has justifiably garnered a reputation as the Languedoc’s best wine district. Vineyards are 15 miles inland from the Mediterranean and are almost 2,000 feet above sea level. Summer days are blazingly hot (103°F!), but night-time temperatures almost always drop to below 60°F – sometimes even below 50°F! Syrah (the principal grape in Pic Saint-Loup) is usually picked in early October, and not in late August, as it is in many Languedoc and Southern Rhône vineyards, so stylistically, the wines are closer to those of the Northern Rhône than their Southern Rhône counterparts (think Hermitage/Côte Rotie, not Châteauneuf-du-Pape).

Is Lancyre the top wine estate in the Languedoc? Probably not. But they are one of the best, and their wines sell for 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of wines from the top handful of Languedoc estates. Equally important are the facts that a wide range of wines are produced, and that they are produced in substantial enough quantities and are readily available in most markets. For savvy wine consumers, it doesn‘t get much better than this.

Château de Lancyre

  • Lancyre Clos des Combes 2015

    Red
    Languedoc, France
    2015
  • Lancyre Clos des Combes 2016

    Red
    Languedoc, France
    2016
  • Lancyre Clos des Combes 2016

    Red
    Languedoc, France
    2016
  • Lancyre Coste d’Aleyrac 2015

    Red
    Languedoc, France
    2015
  • Lancyre “D’ici on Voit le Mer” Rosé 2018

    Rosé
    Languedoc, France
    2018
  • Lancyre “D’ici On Voit La Mer” Rosé 2019

    Rosé
    Languedoc, France
    2019
  • Lancyre Le Rosé 2018

    Rosé
    Languedoc, France
    2018
  • Lancyre Le Rosé 2019

    Rosé
    Languedoc, France
    2019
  • Lancyre Le Rosé 2020

    Rosé
    Languedoc, France
    2020
  • Lancyre Roussanne 2017

    White
    Languedoc, France
    2017
  • Lancyre Roussanne 2018

    White
    Languedoc, France
    2018
  • Lancyre Vieilles Vignes 2015

    Red
    Languedoc, France
    2015
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