Le Comptoir de la Cité in Carcassonne

The last of a three-part series on sustainable wine touring in the Languedoc from Louise Hurren. Here she focuses on the western Languedoc (see this map), including Carcassonne, home to Le Comptoir de la Cité, pictured above.


Around Carcassonne

For a broad collection of well-made wines, head 25 km (15.5 miles) south-west of Carcassonne to the village of Brugairolles. Built from scratch in the Pyrenees foothills in 2004, Domaine Gayda (certified organic since 2011, farmed biodynamically since 2017) is a modern, planet-friendly project inspired by the international experience of its founders Tim Ford and Anthony Record. They see their vineyards as an integral part of the larger surrounding ecosystem and are currently working to diversify their crops: in addition to the olive grove from which they produce olive oil, they planted a 1.5-ha (3.7-acre) field of truffle oaks in 2019 and almond and pistachio trees are in the pipeline. You can enjoy their wines as well as the view in the on-site restaurant. Food and wine pairing (€59/person) and wine blending (€39/person) are available by reservation, too.