Domaine Coudoulet

The Ournac family are winemakers since 1840. Currently the 7th (Pierre-Andre Ournac) and 8th (Guillaume Ournac, his nephew) generation are cultivating wines at the Domaine Coudoulet.

With extensive experience in agricultural mechanics, Guillaume manages the vineyard. Camille, the youngest Ournac son and oenologist by training, has joined Pierre-André and Guillaume in 2017. He was working in a number of well-known wineries around the globe: New Zealand (Yealands), Chile (Clos des fous), United States (Gramercy), South Africa (Oak Valley), Italy (Avignonesi). He is responsible for the vinification and sales management.

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Pierre-André and his brother Jean-Yves initiate big changes within the family estate in the early 80ies. They were able to adapt their vineyard to meet the needs of the new generation of wine consumers, amateurs and experts. Significant investments have been made in the cellar to ensure absolute care for the quality of the finished product. They switched to new grape varieties. Cultivation and winemaking techniques continue to evolve with the arrival of their sons, Guillaume and Camille. The quality of the wines of the Coudoulet estate is the reflection of this intergenerational work and faithful to our values ​​as winegrowers.

The biggest change introduced by the Ournac family are new grape varieties which are not typical for the region. These are Syrah, Chardonnay and Viogner which grow on clay and chalk soils. Part of the domain stretches into the Minervois appellation. Here mainly Syrah and Viogner grapes grow to yield their top wine Château Cesseras Minervois. It is assembled of Syrah (70%) and Carignan, Grenache Noir and Mourvedre (total 30%). It`s elevated in new oak barrels for 12 months.

The Château Cesseras Minervois is complemented by series of Ournac Frères single grape wines. You can choose between Pinot Noir, Mourvedre and Petite Syrah.

The domaine is particularly well known for its Viognier wines. This grape originates from the northern Rhone region but adapts well to the warmer growing conditions in the Languedoc region.

Their wines are readily available in their online store.

White

  • Domaine Coudoulet – Pinot Gris
  • Domaine Coudoulet – Viognier
  • Domaine Coudoulet – Le Blanc de Fontgaline

Red

  • Domaine Coudoulet – Pinot Noir
  • Domaine Coudoulet – Syrah
  • Domaine Coudoulet – Petit Verdot
  • Domaine Coudoulet – Le Rouge de Fontgaline
  • Château Cesseras – Minervois Cuvée Olric
  • Château Cesseras – Minervois la Liviniere
  • Ournac Frères – Pinot Noir
  • Ournac Frères – Mourvèdre
  • Ournac Frères – Petite Syrah
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