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Enjoy your visit!


You are warmly welcome to come and taste our Languedoc grands vins :
AOC Terrasses du Larzac, Clairette du Languedoc & Coteaux du Languedoc
and our rare grape varieties !!!

Booth B4A10 - Terrasses du Larzac ( Hall B4, Aisle A, Booth N° 10 )

in Montpellier from Sunday January 29th to Tuesday 31st !!!

New labels, new vintages

Looking forward to seeing you there




Für eine Verkostung sind Sie anlässlich der Prowein herzlich eingeladen!

in Düsseldorf am 19., 20. & 21. März 


You are warmly welcome to come and taste my AOC terroir wines at :

 You will find me
on Booth
11 F 80
Sie finden mich auf
Stand 11
F 80

Shared with Domaine des Grandes Costes, Wine Estate in Pic Saint Loup.
geteilt mit Domaine des Grandes Costes, Winzer im Pic Saint Loup.

Neue Etiketten, Neue weine - New labels, New wines
Seltene Rebsorten und Römische Keramik - Rare grape varietals and Roman ceramics
Zu entdecken bei der Prowein im Sud de France Raum - to discover at Prowein on the Sud de France booth

Ich freue mich im Voraus auf Sie !   Looking forward to seeing you there !
Winzerlische Grüße - Best regards,

Charles-Walter PACAUD, Artisan-Vigneron
AOC Terrasses du Larzac, Clairette du Languedoc et Coteaux du Languedoc

NEW !!! Aramon !!! Rare grape variety

An age-old variety almost forgotten
Nowadays, who still happens to know « Aramon » ? Not many people !
Even though it was grown over more than 150.000 hectares at the end of World War II, there remains only one hundredth of that surface today.

Several signs testify to its age-old setting up in Languedoc, including the numerous names that the inhabitants have had time to give it as well as the village in the Gard area that bears its name. An additional sign is that, on top of Black Aramon, there exist extremely rare variations in pink and white

It has become poorly thought of, however…
It is difficult today to conceive of yields up to 250 hl per ha. This was the usual yield though for Aramon when it grew in plains. This high potential yield ensured its being popular when mass consumption was the order of the day. To such an extent that it has become synonymous with quantity to the detriment of quality. So when the market turned towards quality wines, its glory faded and the vines of Aramon were massively uprooted.

That trend somehow overlooked the fact that on hillsides and with limited yields, Aramon can produce wines that are indeed interesting.

An original cuvée to rediscover Aramon
At domaine La Croix Chaptal, we have kept safe our hillside plot of Aramon which is now 80 years old. Needless to say that the ardour of youth has had time to calm down ! With a yield of around 50 Hl per ha, we obtain a wine which keeps the light side of the variety, i.e slightly coloured and with low tannins, while asserting a sharp, fruity and voluptuous character. It is ideal to rediscover this variety.

In keeping with current concerns
Further advantage : Aramon corresponds to current expectations. As it is naturally light in alcohol, it is an original partner for meals particularly in summer. Moreover, this age-old variety which has become rare keeps watch over biodiversity. As it is well-adapted to the terroir, it is sturdy and little demanding.

Finally, old vines which have been producing grapes for 80 years save the environment the ecological cost of uprooting and planting again.


Charles-Walter PACAUD

I’m very pleased to inform you that Vinum magazine features two of my Wines,
Ich freue mich, Sie zu informieren, daß zwei Weine meiner durch Vinum empfohlen werden.
Clairette Blanche
and my new Cuvée „Le Secret de Gellone“.

and my Secret de Gellone is one of the nineteen :

A New Year is an appropriate time to introduce new wines.

Have you ever considered adding Terrasses du Larzac to your portfolio ?

Considered “the greatest place in Languedoc” by award-wining Wine Columnist Andrew Jefford, Terrasses du Larzac are becoming a must.
Terroir wines combining character with elegance, their reputation is fast growing among discerning wine lovers.

And what about Clairette du Languedoc?

One of Languedoc’s masterpieces, Clairette du Languedoc has a long and prestigious history and is now living through a revival.
We offer both the dry and
sweet rancio versions of this exciting Appellation made from a single varietal, the White Clairette.

Please feel free to contact us for further info on Terrasses du Larzac, Clairette du Languedoc and Domaine la Croix Chaptal, or to arrange a suitable opportunity, should you not be visiting Vinisud.

Hoping to see you very soon in Montpellier, best regards.

Charles-Walter Pacaud



When late varieties catch up with the early ones,

While we had started somewhat late (on September 16th), we finished with the harvest of our young Mourvèdre at the earliest ever on October 8th.

This harvest was intense and full of energy with one variety following on from another and producing outstanding quantity and quality.

All of this came into being thanks to the extremely efficient work of harvesters and winery workers alike.

We rank this harvest as one of our finest with great ripeness along with a lot of fruit, much freshness and low pH – indeed, a very great vintage!

Here, at La Croix Chaptal, 2013 is definitely a vintage which will stand out!!

WineBizNews  - 2011 - August,  5th
Content created by Barbara Keck, Harvard MBA, former USDA extension specialist, and experienced business-to-business marketing consultant. Contact: barbara (at)

Vins du Languedoc: Great Tastes, Fabulous Values

One of the best wine tasting events I’ve been to all year was the one featuring Languedoc AOC wines, where I tasted wines made from grapes that were unfamiliar to me and learned about the fascinating history of this wine region.
Below is a look at just a few of the 31 wines that were poured.  I was impressed with the aroma, taste and food-friendliness of all that I tasted.

Domaine la Croix Chaptal, Les Terrasses Rouge, 2007 is produced on an estate that formerly belonged to Gellone Abbey, founded in 804. Winemaker Charles Pacaud’s red wine combines Grenace and Carignan with a touch of Syrah. The taste is of dark fruits that follow the aroma of cherry and perhaps coffee. It is spicy and fresh, and representative of the Terrasses du Larzac area wines. This growing area is in the western part of the rural district of Saint Andre de Sangonis, about 20 miles northwest of Montpellier, a popular tourist destination due to old abbeys and natural caves. Alcohol is low: 13 percent “because we have an especial terroir which expresses the grapes and so we have flavor at lower alcohol,” according to Pacaud. Price around $20 a bottle. Distributed by or call (415) 331-4906 to find out where to buy it; it’s worth the hunt.

© 2011 Barbara Keck

Languedoc Grands Crus Wine Tasting
Is Languedoc, South of France on your wine radar? It should be; offering exceptional value, tradition and innovation, these wines are now even easier than ever to appreciate and identify thanks to new segmentation into three categories: AOC Languedoc, Grands Vins du Languedoc and Grands Crus du Languedoc.

The latest News : (January 21st 2011)

For the second year in a row, Domaine La Croix Chaptal is selected as one of the top 30 Languedoc Wines on the USA market thanks to its cuvée "Les Terrasses 2007" - AOC Terrasses du Larzac - Languedoc !!!
For further information on this reward, please check the News section

28 winegrowers together

 To Welcome You in Hall 9 - VINISUD - Montpellier, February 22nd, 23rd & 24th

Rediscover withinTerrasses du Larzac

The generosity of the Languedoc and the freshness of the Larzac


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 « ... To create great terroir driven wines which capture the identity of the Languedoc, to work with integrity to preserve our countryside and to invite you to share our adventure through our wines... »

Great Languedoc Wines :

Enjoy the Languedoc - it won't be here forever, from Andrew Jefford : Decanter January 2009 (pg 21)
"...Geologically, the Languedoc hills are a synopsis of everything which makes France so propitious for winegrowing... Surely in any other country, those Languedoc hills would have been a star region; their misfortune was to find themselves sharing a nation with Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire and the Rhône. And too far from Paris.
But where is the best spot in the Languedoc ? My theory is that Terrasses du Larzac is the greatest spot in the Languedoc... Stone and slopes alone don't make for great wine - as much of Provence proves - but when skilled winegrowers grapple intelligently and sensitively with nature here, the results seem to me to have the same aromatic, textural potential as the best of the Rhône..."

Wine Spectator of January 2009 : SAVVY SHOPPER
Strategies to help you choose the best wines in 2009 -  TOP VALUES  :
Domaine La Croix Chaptal "Cuvée Charles" 2005 = 90/100 : $20
Domaine La Croix Chaptal "Les Terrasses" 2005 = 88/100 : $15


BETTANE ET DESSEAUVE 2009 : 2 stars - pg 780
After an earlier career in the wine business for a big company, Charles Pacaud has built his Domaine to produce very specific, greatly charming wines that definitely get off the beaten track. The Rosé wine, close to a “Clairet”, does not yield to fashion, it combines charm with a very resilient character. As regards red wines, the production is at a high quality standard.
Anyway, you will have understood that the wines from this Domaine deserve to be chosen for their incredible capacity for fitting dishes. 


Three stars in the September issue of  DECANTER


Two acknowledgements for our two most representative wines :

The Savvy Shopper : Languedoc

By Bruce Sanderson
From Wine Spectator magazine,
July 31, 2008 issue

The Coteaux du Languedoc Cuvée Charles 2005 (90, $20) from Domaine La Croix Chaptal is firm and powerful, oozing with dark cherry and dried herb notes flanked by mocha and spice.

La Revue du Vin de France : Millésime 2007 (Vintage) - pg 180
Domaine La Croix Chaptal Clairette du Languedoc - Clairette Blanche : 17,5/20
"Rare cuvée made from 100% Clairette : full-bodied and elegant structure, handsome, straightforward and ripe texture, full of freshness, lengthy in the mouth with a spicy final touch, caraway and fennel"

Terre de vins mars-avril-mai 2008 n°38


"Charles-Walter Pacaud, who was born in Cognac, discovered the Languedoc area during his course of study at the Engineer School of Agronomics in Montpellier. He then roved about the world of wine from England to Listel, worked in Napa Valley and Provence before settling in the hamlet of Cambous in 1999. He little by little decided he could completely place his confidence in this superb terroir by working on the soil, falling in love with carignan and interfering in vinifications in the slightest possible way. That explains why the two cuvees that were presented to our jury , are inevitably anchored in the terroir. They both won our unanimous support and place this 18-hectare estate among the best in the appellation.

The cuvee Les Terrasses 2005 (17 out of 20; 7.70€), made of grenache and carignan with a touch of syrah is a full-bodied, rich and noble wine. That is true for the nose which is intense, complex, ripe, blending aromas of candied fruit (cherry, raspberry), “garrigue”, dried fig and nutmeg. The mouth is in keeping with the above: mellow, well-defined, fresh with mineral touches at the end.

We also find the same terroir character in the cuvée Les Origines – Seigneurie de Cambous, AOC Terrasses du Larzac 2005 (18 out of 20 ;18€), all in praise of the carignan variety , with its bewitching nose blending aromas of earth, redcurrant, tobacco, undergrowth and soft spices. The full-bodied, tasty, silky texture in the mouth is outstandingly harmonious and lends itself to many different gourmet combinations”.


The Dusssert-Gerber 2008 wine guide:

 confirms our status as “ 1 er grand cru classé”

 A 25- hectare vineyard where you find this côteaux du Languedoc Cuvée Charles Terrases du Larzac 2004( 36% Grenache, 32% Syrah and 32 % Carignan on soils made of rounded stones, gravels and some red clay) the grapes are hand-picked then allowed to ferment and rest in tanks for 30 to 40 days for each variety before ageing for 23 months ( half this time in barrels), the wine is unfiltered...


The Gilbert and Gaillard 2008 wine guide:

 The second best mark in Côteaux du Languedoc  (vintages and terroirs combined)

 Red cherry colour. A superb nose with very ripe fruit (cherry, morello cherry). The mouth is crunchy,  fruity, fresh, framed by well-integrated tannins. Nose and mouth combine in a long, harmonious and somewhat mineral final touch.


The Domaine is also praised in Michel Smith’s book page 171, in the column ”evolving Grands Crus: the promising ones and the forgotten ones…”

“Here is an actually soaring Domaine from which we are expecting significant progress before we can speak of great wines. In 2000, the Cuvée Charles is impressive through its tannins, length in the mouth and its tinges of “garrigue”. As for a white wine, there is also the Clairettte du Languedoc, one of the oldest varieties and one of the earliest appellations in the area.”


The Seigneurie de Cambous 2004 is also mentioned in the Républicain Lorrain :

“In the nose, this wine sends out its aromas of candied small  red fruit with a few tinges of spices and garrigue. The mouth is well-structured, smooth and full with fine tannins. A wine that should still be kept.” 


A harvest of articles on our Rosé Coteaux du Languedoc 2006 and 2005 in this month of July! 

- in the July issue of La Revue du Vin de France  it is awarded a mark of 16 out of 20 and named “great wine”: “a fine Rosé, brightly-coloured, fresh and sprightly! Strong character.” 

- a very praising article in “ la Revue Nationale de la Chasse ( the National magazine for hunting) :

Charles Pacaud merely chooses to let his Rosé age a little longer than that of his colleagues. Thus it is this extra time which gives his wines the brightly-coloured robe which reminds us of claret.
Its nose is leaning towards wood and spices on a background of red fruit. It is full-bodied and fleshy as well as very smooth and fresh. Goes well with a game couscous.”

le Chasseur Français ( the French Hunter) - the Rosé Coteaux du Languedoc 2005 is again praised in the July issue

 “Its elegant and rich fruit recalls that of a red wine but its freshness in the mouth is indeed that of a rosé. It is really delicious along with a ratatouille, with or without meat.”


·     Out Déodat de Séverat 2004 is praised in Terre De Vin n°30, p 18:

“Charles Pacaud’s estate goes a step further with “Les Origines”, a new ambitious range of three “cuvées”, each one with one of the three following varieties : Carignan, Grenache or Syrah as its main basis. This Coteaux du Languedoc 2004 (17,50 €) pays tribute to Déodat de Séverat, a monk from Gellone Abbey who created the vineyard of the estate of Cambous in the early Xth century. In this wine, the Syrah variety prevails supported by a touch of Grenache and Carignan. Its nose is toasted and full of ripe wild black berries and elderberry. In the mouth, touches of blackberry jam, of prune, of thyme and ash prevail. This is a powerful, fleshy, concentrated wine but it remains fresh and full-bodied with a long-lasting mint-flavoured final touch.”


Charles-Walter PACAUD