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ANTUGNAC 10 AUX BON HOMMES
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DOMAINE ANTUGNAC 2010 AUX BON HOMMES LIMOUX

In 1997, Domaine Antugnac was purchased by Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier. The two were childhood friends from the village of Davayé, and grew to become business partners of Domaine Des Deux Roches in the Mâconnais. Looking to expand, they focused on Languedoc where land prices were much better than in Burgundy. Antugnac quickly became the clear choice. The domaine is roughly fifty miles west of Carcassonne in a lovely, isolated mountain valley hidden in the Pyrenean foothills, anchored by the old village of Antugnac (its church was built as a kind of bastide, or fortified building, to protect the villagers from marauding bands in the middle ages). The vineyard parcels start at the village but the majority climb the heights of the south-facing flanks, growing between 280 and 530 meters above sea level in meager limestone soils.

In 2000, the partners installed David Serodes as manager of the estate. It proved to be an inspired choice—Serodes understood at once that what this location offered was Languedoc’s southern exposures tempered strongly by mountain coolness. “Aux Bons Hommes”: The translation is “to the good men,” which comes from Languedoc’s past when it was the region of the Cathars, a religious group that was known for its asceticism and good works and thus earned the moniker of the good Christians, or good men (although the Church rulers thought otherwise and finally decided to kill them all, which it did with a crusade in the 13th century; thereafter Languedoc, heretofore a progressive region of high culture and tolerance, fell into a long economic decline).

The nose on “Bons Hommes” is touched with notes of brown spices, dried plums, sea salt and tilled earth. The palate is filled with lush, ripe red fruits, berries and excellent viscousity-- upfront acidity lends structure as soft tannins round it out for balance. The finish is long and sweet with more orchard fruits, earth, spice and a light herbal tone. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
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