Jean Pierre and Martine Margan started in 1970 with a lot of idealism and diligence to transform the dilapidated castle-like Château La Canorgue with no cellar and neglected vineyards of their ancestors in an exemplary organic wine estate.
Where neighboring wineries achieved huge yields of grapes with the help of large amounts of fertilizesr and chemicals, the harvest on the Château la Canorgue was deliberately reduced to only 30 - 35 hl per hectare. It did not take long until this measure paid out, already in 1977 the Wine Gastro Guide Gault Millau elected Château La Canorgue "wine producer of the year" for their excellent wines they achieved reliable year after year.
Countless awards and medals from wine competitions in Paris, Macon, Avignon, and from the guides, among others, several "Coup de Coeur" by the Guide Hachette or the Revue des Vins de France followed annually. A proof of the reliability of their work in the vineyards and in the cellar.
The Château La Canorgue was also the set of the film "A Good Year " with Russell Crowe in the lead role, on the book by Peter Maile and the director Ridley Scott increased the popularity of this wonderful looking Château. Therrre was one scene in the film when a rare and special wine was found in a remote corner called Coin Perdu in French, that became the stutus of a cult wine. It is still produced, but as the old vines loose their fertility the number of bottles deminish every year and since the demand is big, we are not able to sourc as many as we would like.
Nathalie the daughter who we met when she was a little girl on the occasion when we were invited to a dinner on the terrace. Now she is more or less in charge of this beautiful organc wine estate.
Cuvée Prestige IGP de la Mediterranée, red - available from April 2020
Viognier, IGP de la Mediterranée, white - available from April 2020
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Nathalie Margan, Chateau La Canorgue
Sunset at the organic wine estate Château La Canorgue