Meet The Winemaker: James & Catherine Kinglake, Domaine Begude

Domaine Begude is a small hilltop domaine very close to the town of Limoux, owned and managed by British couple James and Catherine Kinglake. With beautiful views over the Pyrénées & the Corbières, their vineyards have been organically farmed for the last 30 years and wine has been produced on this historic estate since the 16th  Century.


They are clearly passionate about maintaining a healthy, living soil and a sustainable environment solely using organic manures to fertilise. They also observe the lunar calendar in viticultural practice at planting, pruning and harvest time.

Domaine Begude is the labour and love of James and Catherine.  Many wine-lovers dream of making their own wine, for most of us it stays a dream; for James and Catherine, it became a life.

james & catherine

The search of the right vineyard was long – they looked at 45 estates in the South of France, but in 2003 they found the one.  The magic wasn’t just the view, but the potential of the terroir.  Limoux is the only cool climate region in the Languedoc and is ideal for growing top-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

winery and james

They left the London skies behind them in 2004, and have been making wine at Domaine Begude ever since.

Though the Languedoc is best known for Rhône varieties like Grenache, Marsanne, and Syrah, the altitude of Limoux makes it a cool climate area which is perfectly suited to Burgundian varieties and aromatics.  Chardonnay is a speciality, producing fresh and elegant wines at the quality you’d pay double for in Burgundy.  What’s more, they’re committed to Organic farming, believing that treating nature with nature is a more sustainable approach to wine-making, and just as importantly, helps them make the best wine they can.

chardonnay grapes

Begude has 28 hectares of organic certified vines, of which half is Chardonnay and a quarter is Pinot Noir. As well as these they have the only Gruner Veltliner in France, some Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc – which they use in ‘Le Bel Ange’, and Viognier.  Gruner Veltliner isn’t allowed by the local appellation rules, so James labels the wine simply as Exotique GV – which the French assume stands for Grand Vin.

pinot noir budding

The wine making team comprises of Laurent Girault who is the full time oenologue and manager and a consultant wine maker originally from Barossa Valley, Richard Osbourne.  There are 2 full time employees to tend the vines: Vincent Boutin & Driss Yousfi.


We’ve snapped up a significant parcel (which still isn’t a lot!) of their top Etoile Chardonnay and Esprit Pinot Noir.  They’re fantastic wines which sold out in a snap last time we were able to get our hands on them!

The Etoile Chardonnay is rich and complex, with exceptional elegance showing its cool climate origin.  The Esprit Pinot Noir is in a style similar to those of the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy, with fine tannins, and filled with plum and ripe cherry flavours.

Visit our website to buy the wines or find out more about the Esprit here, and the Etoile here, and you can follow James on twitter @Begude.

Domaine de BEGUDE, Gamme 2010

Meet The Winemaker: James & Catherine Kinglake, Domaine Begude

James Bond: Ultimate DVD Collector’s Set DVD, £37.95 (using code: MARCHED2) @ The Hut (Cheapest yet!)

This boxset got very hot when posted a few months ago for £39.99, but if you were holding out to save four more pennies, then you’ve struck gold!

EDIT: Use code MARCHED2 to get it for £37.95

Boxset includes:
Dr. No – Sean Connery (1962)
From Russia With Love – Sean Connery (1963)
Goldfinger – Sean Connery (1964)
Thunderball – Sean Connery (1965)
You Only Live Twice – Sean Connery (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – George Lazenby (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever – Sean Connery (1971)
Live And Let Die – Roger Moore (1973)
The Man With The Golden Gun – Roger Moore (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me – Roger Moore (1977)
Moonraker – Roger Moore (1979)
For Your Eyes Only – Roger Moore (1981)
Octopussy – Roger Moore (1983)
A View To A Kill – Roger Moore (1985)
The Living Daylights – Timothy Dalton (1987)
Licence To Kill – Timothy Dalton (1989)
Goldeneye – Pierce Brosnan (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies – Pierce Brosnan (1997)
The World Is Not Enough – Pierce Brosnan (1999)
Die Another Day – Pierce Brosnan (2002)
Casino Royale – Daniel Craig (2006)
Quantum of Solace – Daniel Craig (2008)

James Bond: Ultimate DVD Collector’s Set DVD, £37.95 (using code: MARCHED2) @ The Hut (Cheapest yet!)

£69 for a two-night seaside escape for two at The St James hotel in Grimsby worth up to £216 – save up to 68% on bed, breakfast and a bottle of wine when you dine in the hotel’s excellent restaurant

Here are three facts you may not know about the seaside town of Grimsby: 1) Locals are known as Grimbarians. 2) The town is twinned with Banjul in The Gambia. 3) You can enjoy a break there with up to 68% off at some point over the next 12 months. That’s right deal fans, today’s kgbdeal will deliver you to Grimsby’s golden sands and windswept coastline, to mingle with the Grimbarians and wonder what it has in common with Banjul…

For today’s kgbdeal we’ve joined forces with the welcoming folk at The St James hotel, to bring you a two-night break for two for just £69. This package includes bed, breakfast and a bottle of wine when you dine in the hotel’s excellent restaurant – and would usually set you back up to £216. Now, doesn’t that sound like a wonderful thing to have in your holster over the next year?

about The St James hotel
Built in 1972, The St. James hotel has been providing premium accommodation and fine dining for visitors to Grimsby for over four decades. At The St James friendly, efficient staff are always on-hand and guests can enjoy a truly tempting menu at the light, airy bistro-style Chantry Restaurant. The hotel also boasts comfortable en suite rooms and a great location for access to the sandy beaches, with Cleethorpes Seaside Resort just a short 10-minute drive away. Take a look at ideas for things to do on your trip to Grimsby here >

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