Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, had spent many years scouring the Languedoc region in his quest for outstanding terroirs, One day he discovered La Livinière, a village at the foot of the Montagne Noire, the birthplace of the finest vineyards in the Minervois, between Carcassonne and Narbonne.
He purchased two neighbouring estates in 2002 which he combined to make a single 150 hectare domaine, including 60 ha of vineyards and 25 ha of olive groves. With the help of his son Jean-Charles, they chose a name filled with meaning and history: ”l’Ostal”, meaning both ”house” and ”family group” in the ancient Occitan language. The Domaine de L’Ostal was born.
Their white wine is 100% Viognier, selected from the coldest land on the estate. It is the perfect illustration of a fresh and gourmet Languedoc white wine, expressing the subtle and elegant aromas characteristic of the Viognier grape variety found in southern France.