The Story

 

Xavier Ledogar has worked this 22-hectare domain since he was 12 years old and took complete control over it in 1997, changing its name from Domaine Grand Lauze to Domaine Ledogar. The vineyards in the Boutenac terroir near Carcassonne, are spread around the village of Ferrals-les-Corbières.

In 1998, one of his first changes Xavier made to the family domain, of which he was of the fourth generation of custodians, was to stop selling the grapes to the local co-op and instead use them to make outstanding wines himself.   

 

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The People

Xavier & Mathieu

Xavier was joined by his brother, Mathieu in 2004, and they converted the vineyards to adhere to biodynamic principles, such as using the lunar calendar and herbal and plant teas as fertilisers. Instead of machinery, horses are used to plough the fields and donkeys keep the weeds in check. Domaine Ledogar was certified organic by Ecocert in 2006.

As Members of the association "Change the Aude county into wine", the young dynamic winegrowers campaign for an authentic expression of their terroir. Engaged artisans with a big heart, they are certainly part of the rising stars of the appellation Corbières.

“Our wines are meant to be shared – they are for friends and long-winded conversations.” - Xavier Ledogar

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The Place

Languedoc, France

Their 22 hectares of vines, of which there is a spectacular variety, are now treated in a thoroughly new way by using biodynamic methods. But the history still remains with a large proportion of Carignan and Grenache vines being between 60 and 120 years old. One of the most celebrated cuvées is La Mariole, made with Carignan vines first planted in 1901.

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