Saint-Chinian Mixed Case Offer

Role reversal: a summer red and winter rosé!

Saint-Chinian Case
Save £14.40

"I can say, hand on heart, that there are many wines on sale in the global wine market that are twice the price of the best St-Chinian, but only half as good."
Andrew Jefford - Decanter magazine.

Situated on the edge of the Cévennes, north-west of the rugby-mad city of Béziers (French Champions ten times in the 1970s and 80s), the vineyards of Saint-Chinian occupy over 3,000 hectares that produce 80% red, 15% rosé and 5% white wines. The appellation is very much a microcosm of the Languedoc region with nine co-operatives responsible for two-thirds of the output, with the balance cultivated by quality-focused family estates.

"The Languedoc is a wonderful source of characterful, good-value wines and none more so than St-Chinian at the western end of this Mediterranean tract."
James Lawther, MW - Decanter magazine.

One of our most exciting wine discoveries of the past decade has been the Saint-Chinian made by Jean Lacugue at Château Milhau-Lacugue. Jean and his brother own 100 hectares of elevated, free-draining scrubland in the hills around the hamlet of Milhau, 60 hectares of which are planted with vines, 10 ha with olive groves, with the rest being made up of fields and the locality's famous garrigue scrubland. The vines are distributed between AOC Saint Chinian (35 ha), AOP Languedoc (15ha), with IGP Coteaux de Fontcaude and some Vin de Pays D'Oc (10 ha). Jean, the archetypal French vigneron (see photo), qualified as an oenologist in 1980 and has worked at the estate since 1982, the year in which Saint-Chinian was granted AOC status.

Jean Lacugue - Château Milhau-Lacugue

Their principal Saint-Chinian, in terms of the volume produced, is called 'Cuvée Magali' and is so named in honour of Jean's daughter. It is produced from a blend of 48% Syrah, 23% Grenache Noir, 19% Cinsault and 10% Mourvèdre and has a wealth of dark plum scents and flavours, peppery undertones and supple tannins. It benefits from 3 to 5+ years' bottle age and makes a fine accompaniment to spicy sausages or slow-cooked stews.

"Transparent crimson. Sweet start with a minerally undertow. Serious, spicy, concentrated wine. Already delivering pleasure and real length. GV (Good Value). Drink 2021 – 2027. 16.5/20."
(Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2018)
Jancis Robinson OBE, MW -

A denser, darker bottling, called 'Les Truffières', is made from a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache Noir grown on the upper slopes (between 120 and 205 meters above sea level) near some truffle oaks, hence the name. With a bouquet of ripe Autumnal fruit and a core of briary hedgerow berries with hints of spice and enough grip to cellar for a decade, it merits decanting and pairs well with wild boar, game or barbecued meat.
"Mediterranean reds are another option for wines that can feel cosy when it is cold and ride with the herb-strewn, grilled meats or casseroles you might want to eat if the sun is out. A blend of syrah and grenache, this has a silky texture and is rich, complex and saturated with flavour."
(Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2016)
Victoria Moore - The Telegraph, 'The best red wines to drink this summer whatever the weather'

Lastly, on a buying trip in early 2022, Jean brought out one of his wonderful surprises – a ruby-red rosé from equal parts Grenache and Cinsault - what he called 'à l'ancienne' ('in the traditional style') - the opposite of a light-salmon 'vin clair'. He aims to produce a rosé that is true to its terroir - full of flavour, food-friendly and weighty enough to drink in winter – what Jean calls a 'rosé d'hiver'. Partner with olives, charcuterie, paella and garlic-based dishes.

We've put together a tidy six-pack of Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue @ £89 delivered, saving £14.40 on list prices.

This six bottle mixed case contains two bottles each of:

Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue Rosé 2020

Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2018
Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2016

(Two bottles of each wine shown are included in the six-bottle case. Our standard list price of these wines would be £90.90, plus £12.50 delivery to a mainland UK address - offer price saves £14.40).

This mixed case includes

2 x Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue Rosé 2020£0.00

Jean Lacugue's scarlet-hued delight of a rosé is a complete contrast to the translucent pinks of present fashions. A blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvèdre made by the 'saignée' method, its fresh, dry, vibrant red berry fruit flavours and aromas make it very versatile and a terrific food wine.

2 x Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2018£0.00

If one were looking for a wine that exemplifies how the Languedoc offers terrific quality at modest prices this would silence any sceptics! Blended from Southern staples Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvèdre this Saint-Chinian wine has a fresh, lip-smacking finish that guarantees you'll want to take another sip.

2 x Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2016£0.00

Unmistakably a Mediterranean red, this rich, hedonistic blend of Syrah and Grenache from the Hérault is an ideal match for simple, hearty cuisine.