The wines of Château Milhau-Lacugue were a serendipitous discovery back in 2014 when they were favourably reviewed in Decanter magazine with no listed U.K. importer. We had been on the lookout for a really good example for quite some time but hadn't found anything that excited our taste buds at a price we found equally palatable. Happily, we were enamoured by the estate's wines from the outset and, perhaps more importantly, so were our customers.
Based in the hills above Puisserguier, the estate's patron Jean Lacugue has vine holdings that extend over 60 hectares on elevated, free-draining limestone and red clay soils. His principal bottling - in terms of volume - is a blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache Noir called 'Cuvée Magali' that is vinified in vats and drinks well from release. With a bouquet of garrigue berries and wild herbs and a palate of briary autumnal fruit with peppery undertones and supple tannins, it makes a fine accompaniment to cassoulet or pot au feu. Jean also makes a more complex bottling called 'Les Truffières' that is made from elevated plantings of Syrah and Grenache Noir that give low yields of concentrated fruit. With scents of rosemary and cistus surrounded by a core of dark forest fruit supported by fine-grained tannins, it merits decanting and will cellar well for 3 to 5+ years.