The property was purchased in 2002 by Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac. Domaine de L’Ostal is situated in the foothills of the Montagne Noire, half-way between the mediaeval town of Carcassonne and the old Roman port in Narbonne. 60 hectares are under vines which are situated in one of the finest terroirs of the Languedoc, including a spectacular parcel of Minervois La Livinière. Jean-Michel immediately embarked upon a comprehensive restructuring of the vineyard involving mass uprooting, replanting varieties and soil drainage. The aim of this exhaustive approach was to express the full potential of the terroir and the Languedoc’s finest grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. In 2003, the Cazes family purchased the Tuilerie Saint-Joseph (tile factory), a stunning XIX century building that now houses the domaine’s technical facilities.
Domaine de L’Ostal Blanc Viognier is a 100% Viognier wine. The grapes were selected from the coldest land on the estate and of the Pays d’Oc region. It is the perfect illustration of a fresh and gourmet Languedoc white wine, expressing the subtle and elegant aromas characteristic of the Viognier grape variety, found in southern France.