Sommelier notes: The Milhau Lacugue estate has been in the center of history for millenia. It was an ancient Roman farm that originally took its name from the founder, Emilius and his estate the Villa Emilio. It is situated on an ancient trading and travelling route, which included the Commanderie de Campagnoles and the Hospitaliers of St John of Jerusalem, who owned this estate from the 12th to the 18th century. Eventually bought by the Milhau family the estate was extremely well placed to welcome and offer sustenance to the many pilgrims travelling through the region to Compostela.
Saint-Chinian offers sturdy and rustic wines. The vines have a hard time on the sunny, dry slopes around the picturesque village of Saint-Chinian Here clay, limestone and slate soils dominate. Perfect for growing the red grapes we have over here! This Cuvée des Chevalliers is a classic, representing all this Appellation stands for: dark red fruit, spiciness, leather tones, long finish. Definitely a knife-and-fork wine! The hand picked grapes undergo a slow and long maceration, sometimes even with the stalks to give more structure and tannin. 18 month maturation in big “Foudres” rounds the wine up. Fine for drinking now, but if you forget these bottles in your cellar for a few years the wine is even better!