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Small, family-run Languedoc vineyard making hand-crafted red wines

Master of Wine Juliet Bruce Jones and Simon Ingman in their Syrah vineyard

New wines from old vines

Domaine La Tasque is owned by  Juliet Bruce Jones, a British Master of Wine and her husband Simon Ingman.  Although we never set out to make wine, we were seduced by a beautiful little  Syrah vineyard near our home in the heart of the Minervois in the Languedoc.  It is in a little valley, surrounded by wild herbs and pine trees and overlooking the ruins of the 9th century chapel St Jean de Caps. The grapes had always been sold to the cave-cooperative and never vinified seperately but we could see its potential for making high quality wine. We bought the vines in 2011 and purchased some old Carignan vines the following year. The next few years have been spent working hard in the vineyard. Our first vintage was 2014.

Small, hands-on wine productionhand-harvesting Syrah grapes in Languedoc

With just under 2 hectares of vines, we may be small but it means that we can take the time to do things, often by hand. Much of the work in the vineyard is done manually and the grapes are all hand-harvested.

In our quest to to make the best wine we can, we start by maximizing the health and life of the soil, vineyard and environment and follow organic principles – we don’t use any chemical pesticides or sprays. If we get it right in the vineyard then the task in the winery is simply to harness the fruit and balance into the wines.

The wines – Syrah and Carignan

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We make rich, fragrant red wines from Syrah and Carignan. Our current vintage is 2015