The 45-hectare estate has been in the Jourdan family since the 1930s. They use no herbicides in the vineyards, some extremely old. But we would never have stumbled across Château l’Argentier if not for a Montpellier wine bar’s being sold out of a particular red we’d ordered; their inspired replacement was Argentier’s Pinot-esque Cinsault from nearby Sommières.
The next day we were at their doorstep discovering this was no one-off. François Jourdan hails from Santenay, and all his wines possess a Burgundian elegance and freshness. He has been criticised locally for allegedly not making properly Languedoc red wine... and a load of piffle it is. François remains true to his ways and with wines this good, who could blame him?