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Maison Miquel includes Château Cazal Viel, Laurent Miquel wines and Domaine Les Auzines. Miquel is known for its know-how since 8 generations in the elaboration process...Lire plus Learn more
Maison Miquel includes Château Cazal Viel, Laurent Miquel wines and Domaine Les Auzines. The Maison Miquel is known for its know-how since 8 generations in the production of wines made from noble grape varieties on different terroirs in the Languedoc. It is particularly renowned for its great whites made from the Viognier grape variety bearing the winegrower's signature.
I am convinced that the protection of the environment, as well as the controlled use of natural resources, are essential components of the quality of its wines. This approach is not a constraint for me, but an opportunity to offer my children what the 8 generations of winegrowers have succeeded in passing on to us so far.
In practice, grassing is encouraged in order to limit soil erosion and pollution through the use of persistent plant products. Prophylactic measures have been put in place to treat only when absolutely necessary.
Like my father Henri, I did not always want to be a winegrower and had a first professional life before returning to my roots, to my lands. After graduating from the UTC of Compiègne, I am continuing with a master's degree in quality engineering at the University of Leeds. My first job was in the automotive industry, at Nissan in Newcastle, where I was a quality engineer for 2 years.
But I miss the land, and the passion of winegrowing reminds me very quickly of my Languedoc origins. At the age of 23, I resumed my studies and enrolled in Montpellier to study oenology. At the same time, I work with my father and acquire the necessary know-how and experience to start making my own wines. My first vintage was born in 1996, more than two centuries after the beginnings of his ancestors in Cazal Viel.
The passion for wine comes from my father who since childhood introduced me to the art of wine. This passion for grape varieties has been passed down from father to son: syrah, viognier is now Albarino. The 150 ha of vines of the house are cultivated in a sustainable way. The work is done on a daily basis to let the vines express themselves fully.
I like new challenges, writing what has not yet been imagined, challenging preconceived ideas about what viticulture should be today, demonstrating the capacity of its lands to produce great wines. I love boldness, and challenge myself again by becoming the first winegrower to plant albarino in France, at Château les Auzines in Corbières, a new acquisition of the Laurent Miquel House. The location of this grape variety differentiates us from neighbouring estates, as do our exceptional great white wines.