Four hundred hectares of pine and cyprus covered hillsides between the beaches of Narbonne and the peaks of La Clape form the estate of Jacques and Dominique Boscary. Jacques’s grandfather Henri Lapierre acquired the property in 1942 and, after the liberation, began the restoration and replanting of the many small vineyards that thrive in this extraordinary landscape overlooking the wine-dark Mediterranean sea. A variety of different soil types and topographies give rise to several different terroirs and the healthy vines are cultivated using the very best natural methods. Roots sink deep into the hard, pale limestone massif of La Clape and three-thousand hours of sunshine per year and cooling sea breezes produce the perfect ripening conditions for the fruit. Jacques’s wines are rightly celebrated (over 200 awards since 1975) and this year he won the Decanter regional trophy for his top cuvée ‘L’Absolu’. The Château contains three beautiful gîtes; this is a fabulous holiday destination – minutes from the beaches, miles of well-maintained paths through the high, herb scented garrigue and within easy reach of the city of Narbonne. Guests are made to feel very welcome – the Boscary’s genuine friendliness is shared by the whole of the team.