Wines & the Vineyards
Wine tasting in Narbonne, in Languedoc Roussillon
We want our estates and their vineyards to be a perfect expression of this diversity and for our wines to reflect the personality of each terroir, with respect for nature and authenticity. Diversity also holds the promise of pure flavours, those of our wines.
Finally, diversity is cultivated in the rebirth of heritage and people, through wine tourism projects and social responsibility.
Creativity and the quest for excellence are passed on from generation to generation. In the 19th century during the exile of Joseph Bonfils, Honorine Dorveaux, his future wife, launched the farm with numerous vineyards. She then planted relentlessly, without knowing that she was growing the Bonfils' legacy.
A visionary, Jean-Michel Bonfils introduced new techniques for working the vines and the cellar in Languedoc Roussillon. He plants Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Languedoc Roussillon, grape varieties still little known in the region. The last twenty years have been marked by the work of Laurent and Jérôme Bonfils, who have made a major contribution to making Languedoc Roussillon a land of elite wines. Today Laurent Bonfils, who has taken over the management of the company, with his winemaking expertise, has set himself the mission of nurturing the singularity of the wines of each estate.
We implement sustainable cultivation methods capable of producing quality wines.
The Bonfils family has selected the most beautiful terroirs of Languedoc Roussillon. Passionate about wine, they have shaped the most promising lands. They have parcelled out the terroir, favoured the hillsides and chosen the best exposures. Their legacy is much more than a vineyard, it is a resistant buttress, a preserved peninsula and many other sites where nature expresses itself and offers exceptional wines.
Our eco-commitments rest on 4 essential pillars :
- Preserving biodiversity
- Preserving water
- Respect the soil
- Respecting the vine
Well known to the Romans and to Julius Caesar himself, Château Capitoul has existed since Roman times. In the the 14th century, the canons of Narbonne Cathedral planted the first vines there.
It was recognised and elevated to the rank of La Cru La Clape in 2015, joining the most prestigious French appellations and recognized internationally.
Its 100 hectares of pine forests and moorland and its 64 hectares of vines stretch almost to the edge of the lagoon. The vineyard is strongly
influenced by the proximity to the Mediterranean and produces wines of great freshness. The geological diversity of the soils, clay gravelly, calcairo marl and clay-limestone soils accentuate the power and elegance of its wines.
Wines in the La Clape appellation are a blend of at least two varieties. For the reds, the main grape varieties are: Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, adapted to the heat. In white, Bourboulenc is the most typical and must represent at least 40% of the blend.
Both round and fresh, the whites are floral, fruity, mineral and iodized. As for the reds, they are deep, ample and structured, often marked by balsamic notes.
Château Capitoul offers distinguished and elegant wines, which have already wonnumerous awards from the most prestigious critics:
- • Château Capitoul Maëlma 2018 : 93+/100 par le Wine
Advocate Robert Parker
- • Château Capitoul OROS rouge 2018 : 92/100 par Decanter
91/100 par le Wine Advocate Robert Parker
- • Château Capitoul Grand Terroir rouge 2018 : : ★ au Guide Hachette 2021
- • Château Capitoul Rocaille blanc 2017 : 16,5/20 par Jancis Robinson
- • Capitoul OROS rosé 2018 : ★ au Guide Hachette 2020