- SILVER (2014) International Wine Challenge 2016
About the wine maker
The creation of Abbotts & Delaunay was as a result of the passion of two winemakers Nerida Abbott and Laurent Delaunay and their shared drive to realise the potential of the Languedoc-Roussillon region by producing great wines from its diverse range of terroirs. Whilst Laurent’s family have for generations been involved in Burgundy, he had for many years been attracted to the Languedoc as a winemaking region. Convinced by its potential, he acquired Abbotts, a winery created in 1996 in Marseillete, near Carcassonne, by the young and talented Australian winemaker Nerida Abbott.
Situated on the banks of the Canal du Midi, the winery is small, but beautifully formed and set in a two-hundred-year-old building, surrounded by vineyards and squeezed between Minervois and Corbières. Within a few miles of the winery are some of the region’s most famous appellations such as Faugères, and Limoux.
Laurent knows the region’s terroirs like the back of his hand, having travelled extensively in search of small plots of old vines growing at high altitudes. These high altitude vineyards have inspired a range, named after clouds and winds, which display the best characteristics of wines made from grapes grown where the air is cooler and sunlight brighter.
Since 2013, Hilde Chevillot has been the Winemaker; her passion is the not limited to the winery, she has always been fascinated as to how to get the best out of the vineyard by carefully managing each plot. After being bought up in the near vinous desert of Belgium she studied in Oenology and Viticulture in Montpellier, before working in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Chile. Returning to France she managed 3,300 hectare of the Aube and worked at the House of Baron Philippe de Rothschild overseeing vineyard operations prior to joining Abbotts & Delaunay.