Map of FranceWe love nothing more than uncovering an exciting, up-and-coming producer who shares our passion for bringing incredible new wines to the attention of our customers.

Sometimes, the winemaker’s story is as good as their creations. We are regularly contacted by British families who’ve sold up in the UK in order to pursue their dream of owning a vineyard in the South of France. Over the years we’ve tasted our way through dozens of wines from British producers in France and have carefully selected wines from estates that we truly believe are leading the way in terms of quality and innovation.

Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy, Majestic Wine Buyer

Domaine Sainte Rose

Charles & Ruth SimpsonCharles and Ruth Simpson fulfilled their dream of running a high-quality boutique wine business in rural France when they acquired Domaine Sainte Rose in May 2002. Driven by a mutual desire to create a thriving family business, they were keen to invest in an emerging wine-producing area rather than an area that was already well established. This led them to the exciting and highly diverse, LanguedocRoussillon.

Domaine Sainte RoseIn their seven years at Sainte Rose, the Simpsons have completely redesigned the winery, turning it into a state-of-the-art facility using environmentally sensitive farming techniques. Their goal is to produce authentic, affordable, hand-crafted, family-made wines of distinction. Judging by the number of awards and journalistic endorsements they receive, they’re succeeding.

From the Cellar

Domaine Sainte Rose ‘La Garrigue’ Syrah Grenache 2007,Vin de Pays d’Oc
(£6.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Named after the unique landscape of the Languedoc region, garrigue characters such as wild rosemary and thyme combine with red fruits, black pepper and spice.

Domaine Sainte Rose ‘Le Vent du Nord’ Roussanne Chardonnay 2007, Vin de Pays d’Oc
(£6.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Named after the north wind, which brings dry weather and clear skies to the vineyards, honeysuckle, peach and melon notes precede a palate with refreshing citrus acidity and tropical richness.

Domaine Sainte Rose ‘La Nuit Blanche’ Roussanne 2007/08, Vin de Pays des Côtes de Thongue
(£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

The Roussanne grapes were picked at night to protect them from the heat of the day, hence the name, ‘the sleepless night’. Full-bodied with exotic fruit and spice aromas, a creamy, nutty palate and an extremely long finish.

Domaine Sainte Rose ‘Le Soleil du Sud’ Cabernet Syrah 2007, Vin de Pays des Côtes de Thongue
(£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

A wonderfully powerful and complex mix of blackberry and plum combined with spicy black pepper and well integrated oak. Perfect with a barbecue.

Domaine Begude

James & Catherine KinglakeIn 2003, James and Catherine Kinglake gave up their hectic City lifestyle and bought Domaine Begude near Limoux in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The vineyards are at an altitude of 370-400m, with a terroir that ensures perfect ripeness and excellent acidity in its grapes.

With these natural blessings in place, James and Catherine’s philosophy is to promote a healthy, sustainable and biodynamic growing environment. Weeding mechanically, fertilizing using only organic manure and encouraging the growth of green manures, they aim to produce grapes of the very highest natural quality. Their minimum intervention policy means that the Kinglakes’ wines come from purely fermented, premium grape juice with no nasty additives.

From the Cellar

Domaine Begude ‘Le Bel Ange’ Chardonnay 2008, Vin de Pays d’Oc
(£6.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Named after their ‘beautiful angel’, daughter Millie, this has an inviting citrus nose augmented by refreshing apple and pear scented fruit on the palate.

Domaine Begude Pinot Rosé 2008, Vin de Pays d’Oc
(£7.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)

Packed with plump strawberry and cherry fruit. Perfect for drinking in the garden to celebrate an Indian Summer.

Domaine Begude

*All prices valid until 29th October 2009

4 thoughts on “Crossing the Channel, Living the Dream

  1. Can you please tell me why do you not stock Domaine Begude’s other wines, the Sauvignon Blanc which is outstanding (available at Loch Fyne) and their L’Etoile de Begude, really superb?

    Many thanks

    Richard Katz

    1. Domaine Begude’s Sauvignon production is too small for us to have an allocation unfortunately, although our buyer agrees with you – it is fantastic. It may be possible to source a case or 2 of the L’Etoile de Begude as a one off purchase (again – very small production). If you are interested, please email

      1. Hi, I would like to be able to purchase the sauvignon blanc and particularly the L’Etoile…..I have a few bottles left and I am making them last !!…it is a long way to drive to get some more so it would be great if you can source them….cheers

      2. Hello Emma, For some unknown reason, I didn’t receive your reply previously!! Would certainly like a case or two of both Begude’s Sauvignon and L’Etoile but I’ll now wait for the 2010 vintage please – can you confirm?

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