Proud of their exceptional and diverse terrior, the men of Château d’Agel share their passion through their wine. They love the culture of the vine and it shows in their silky, rich wines.
Among the beauty of ancient castles, tiny villages, rocky hills filled with vineyards and pine forests in the heart of Minervois, lies a charming corner of Agel with an astonishing castle which used to be a fortress. Deeply rooted in history, part of Chateau d’Agel dates to the 12ths century.
The Château d’Agel winery was acquired in 2003 by Robin Budowski, a wine specialist and enthusiast. The property of Château d’Agel fit Budowski’s conditions perfectly, as the soils in the vineyard were considered to be the finest in Minervois. Currently, the winery produces 8 different wines, 5 of them red and 3 white. Wines from Chateau d’Agel have received international awards at numerous wine fairs and are exported to 14 different countries.
Owner: Robin Budowski and Jeff Bernabeu
Winemaker: Jeff Bernabeu
Vineyard Location: Minervois, Fr.
Vineyard Size: 42 ha
Quick Facts on Minervois AOC
GEOGRAPHY: An extensive appellation with a range of climate zones based on altitude and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. Selection of the best vineyards located on the terroir de Cazelles, which is composed of hard and soft limestone splitters.
Classic Mediterranean climate characterised by a mild winter and a warm, dry summer.
BLENDS: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre blends; together these three varieties plus Carignan and Cinsaut must be 50% of the final blend with no one variety exceeding 80%.
Winemaking: Hand harvesting of the grapes at optimal maturity, with direct sorting in the vineyard.Traditional vinification with long vating periods from 25 to 30 days. Aging in new French oak casks of 225 litres during 12 months.