Of soils and men

Located in the southern part of our appellation area, the Grézan terroir is mainly composed of schist soil resulting from the compaction exerted during the formation of the Massif central. It is characterized by its very high water holding capacity and its property to store a lot of heat during the day which is restored at night: we are used to saying that our grapes ripen during the night.

Our Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan vineyards flourish in the heart of the Faugères Appellation. Seven villages (Autignac – Cabrerolles – Caussiniojouls – Faugères – Fos – Laurens – Roquessels) that make up this appellation are characterized by their Schist soils, different exposures, the age of the vines and their geological variations the above mentioned varietals reflect all the subtleties of this exceptional terroir: Subtlety, mineralogy and complexity.

Mainly spread out around the Château, our Chardonnay and Sauvignon varietals thrive on a soil formed of limestone and white clay. Combined with maritime influences, our white wines have an enhanced complexity and freshness.

Grézan has been a geographical and cultural site at the crossroads of Languedoc since Roman times. It used to draw Christian pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.

The Knights Templar had turned it into the major regional toll collecting base so that they could fund the Crusades until 1307 (the year when their Commandery was banned by Philippe Le Bel).

Today, traces of the Templars in the Languedoc region have drawn new interest. Some people have come to believe that not all Templars were Crusaders, but they acted under this cover to protect one of the greatest threats to the power of the Roman Catholic Church: The Holy Grail or women’s holy place at the beginning of Christianity. A belief that made Dan Brown’s breath-taking novel “Da Vinci Code” so successful.

After the departure of the Knights Templar, the Knights of St John of Malta, renowned for their hospitality and military feats, took over the Castle.  In 1824, the Mirepoix family began to rebuild the House as we can see it today: a romantic “folly” inspired by a medieval castle and influenced by Viollet-le-Duc, the famous 19th century architect who restored the city of Carcassonne.

With the advent of railway transportation in 1853 which made wine trade possible, the Bas-Languedoc vine-growing region became the largest in France. Vine-growing offered the opportunity to turn everything into gold. At the dawn of 1907, Beziers, the capital of wine was by far the richest city of Languedoc. Vineyard owners bought more land and started building châteaux called ‘the Palaces of Aramonia’ in many different styles: neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance, classical or second empire.

Château de Grézan is one of the jewels of the wine châteaux over the Beziers area, the only one of neo-medieval style whose original architecture allowed it to be recorded into the inventory of French heritage registers in 1993.

Wine-growers since 1877, we have always wanted to express the essence of our most beautiful Languedoc appellations through our varietal selections, and provide wine lovers with consistent high quality vintages.

With a deep respect for tradition but with an understanding of modern, state of the art winemaking, Cros Pujol Family Wines combines both. The result is a collection of signature wines of exceptional quality and value.

Of equal importance there is a real and genuine, hands on Cros-Pujol family. Not one manufactured as a marketing gimmick. Our family has nurtured an ideal for authentic wines since our founding. Fabien, France, Jean-Louis, real people, real wine.

The Faugères AOP (Appellation d’origine protégée) the undisputed territory of ultra-desirable schists, spreads out and up 20 Km above Béziers, nestled at the foot of the Cevennes Range, the natural battlements overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Down on South facing slopes, the vineyards extend over 2000 hectares (4900 acres) of rough, stony land, amongst purely Mediterranean vegetation (pine, holm oak, arbutus trees, rockrose and broom).

Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault are the only red grape varieties authorized by the appellation certification.

Established over the Larzac Piedmont Plateau, hence its name, the vineyards are nestled on the slopes of this barren limestone plateau, which protects it from the influences of the North Wind. The vineyards are located on clayish, calcareous screes and along the stony terraces of the Hérault river. The gleaming colours of the ‘ruffes” give the scenery great authenticity and the draining capacity of soils combined with poor fertility act as natural regulators that promote slow and gradual maturing, beneficial to the colouring of berries, the aromatic profile of the wines and feeling of freshness.
To the North of Béziers the vineyards lean against the hills and looks down to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Orb and the Vernazobres Rivers meet in the centre, setting the boundary between the North and the South of the appellation. Produced from vineyards located to the South of the appellation, amid a typical clayish, calcareous terroir, our Saint-Chinian wines are open and complex.

The appellation Grès de Montpellier is bordered by the Hérault valley, Pic Saint Loup, and to the East by the Vidourle River. To the South it is bordered by the Mediterranean Coast. One of the warmest and driest vineyards in the ancient Coteaux du Languedoc. ‘Grès or sandstone’ means ‘stony dry terroir of Montpellier’. Sheltered from the influences of the North by the Montagne Noire and Cévennes, it boasts a dry microclimate. Maritime masses of moist air in summer favour early maturity and good balance in wines which offer a remarkable density.
Pic Saint Loup (658 m) and Causse de l’Hortus overlook the Pic Saint Loup appellation. The vegetation is dense and partial to Holm Oak and Arbutus trees….Thyme and rosemary grow in abundance. The moderate altitude of approximately 150 meters (490 feet) above sea level, rich micro climate, a stable temperature range in summer and limestone and marl soils contribute to the delicious spicy character of the wines.