Chateau de Combebelle
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Catherine and Patrick are passionate about wine and let them to Combebelle with its potential to produce exceptionally high quality wines fromgrapes cultivated naturally in truly beautiful healthy surroundings. Using their combined experience of the wine trade and international businessthey aimed to become recognised as one of the top five producers in St Chinian. They are introducing new styles of high quality wine reflecting more the fresh, bright, attractive character of the region, including a lively fruity rosé for early consumption the summer following the vintage.
They are also passionate about the environment and work hard to maintain and protect the natural habitat surrounding the vineyards. They continue the more labor intensive environmentally friendly Biodynamic viticultural techniques established at Combebelle for over a decade. Catherine has had a long held dream of one day becoming a Master of Wine and owning her own vineyard in France when at the tender age of 8 or 9 years old she read part of Hugh Johnson’s World Atlas of Wine and fell in love with the idea of wine, travel and more! Soon after this, with the help of her parents, she started to find out more about a career in the wine trade and had her first “interview” with Tim Ferguson at Lay & Wheeler when she was 14 hoping to get a job with them over the busy Christmas period! Alas, the UK law would not allow someone under the age of 18 to work in the wine industry. However, this did not deter her and when she reached 17 she found a summer job at Brandeston Vineyards in Suffolk. Much to her teacher’s horror she had no intention of following her class-mates to university but instead embarked on a 2 year training period working on vineyards in France and Germany immediately following school. Catherine is keen to become actively involved in the Master of Wine Education Programme and hoping to encourage more French participation & success in the future.