Close to the Canal du Midi,
a vineyard and its 11th century Romanesque church
Narbonne, AUDE languedoc-roussillon 11100 FR

Location

Situated in the southern Minervois, twenty minutes from Narbonne, the estate lies at the foot of the hills. It is shielded from any neighbours and protected by the perimeter of historic monuments. The village, administrative centre of the canton, which is situated eight hundred metres away and offering all amenities, is on the " Minervoise " tourist road, between the beaches and the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park.

Description

This property of character comprises several dwellings and outbuildings which are built around an 11th century Romanesque church, listed as a Historic Monument. The sanctuary was founded in the 5th century by Saint Rustique, bishop of Narbonne, and is built on the ruins of a Carolingian monastery in which, according to legend, Desiderata, daughter of the king of the Lombards and second wife of Charlemagne, took refuge.
The entire property, including the vineyards, land, park and gardens, now covers a total area of over 7 hectares. Without taking into account the ancillary land and vineyards, the property with its buildings, gardens and parkland, is set on a total surface area of 1 ha 35 a. The buildings offer a total floor area of approx. 760 m². The wine business, classified as organic, is developing. Three hectares of vines were planted in 2009.

The mansion and its facade dating from the Directoire period

The mansion is striking because of its unique architecture, marked by its openings and its length. The main facade is topped by a classic pediment overlooking the park and its vast basin. The house was built against the church in the late 18th century. The voided slab roof was redone in the late 1970s and all the wooden joinery on the main facade has been changed. The house offers one floor and a total living area of approximately 250 m². It comprises ten rooms, including a dining room, two living rooms and five bedrooms on the first floor. All the rooms have retained their original features: marble fireplaces, terracotta floors.

Around the main courtyard, several buildings

The former "ramonétage” (farmer’s building) which opens directly on to what was the stable, offers approximately 180 m² of living space, which has been fitted out and faithfully restored. Adjacent to this large building is an interior patio with trees. On the ground floor, there is a large living room of approx. 60 m² with limed stone walls and massive pine beams supporting the ceiling. This same room houses a large forge which serves as a fireplace. An oak staircase leads up to the first floor with its four bedrooms. The "pigeonnier” (dovecote), an outstanding building with its polygonal architecture, is typical of this wine region. On the ground floor, with a surface area of approx. 130 m², it comprises three sheds, one of which contains the old bread oven. On the first floor, there are three large rooms in need of refurbishment. The frame and the roof with insulated sloping ceilings of two of these rooms have been completely redone. The 11th century church, which had been used as place of worship until the French revolution, was transformed into a wine cellar at the end of the 18th century. Covering 208 m², it has kept its simple plan, with a nave of four narrow bays, without any later additions, which is rare, a pretty little apse as well as multiple sculpted imposts.

The garden

The greenhouse with its three large windows and its landscape fresco painted on the inside, contributes to the charm of the garden. It is ornamented with medicinal plants, a vegetable garden and fruit trees. The adjoining fenced-in pine forest extends over 7,328 m². It has been planted for more than forty years with various species: pines, olive trees, laurels, cypresses, rosemary. There is also a medieval stone well over 25 m deep. According to legend, this is the entrance to the famous underground passage linking the Romanesque church to the village.

The vineyard

The estate has rediscovered its wine-growing soul, young vines have been planted on the adjoining ancient Gallo-Roman site and are organically grown. The site does not have a wine cellar, the grapes being sold directly from the vine or taken to the cooperative cellar. - organic Pays-d'oc (PGI) wine production: Adjacent to the estate lies the so-called "Saint-Valentin" vineyard. On a total surface of 3 ha, the planting carried out between 2009 and 2010 is divided between two red grape varieties and one white grape variety: grenache noir (red), marselan (red), malvoisie "vermentino" (white). The latter is very productive and is raised on espaliers and mulch. This grape variety is used to produce the aromatic and mellow wine of the famous "vendanges tardives” (late harvest). Part of the vineyard benefits from drip irrigation and an ancient Roman noria, which is a resurgence of the Cesse (local river). The organic cultivation method in this rich, predominantly loamy soil is very productive. - organic production zone AOC Minervois "La Vigie de Costebelle". In the immediate vicinity and on the hillside overlooking the estate, an area of 1 ha 42 a facing south is planted with the following grape varieties: mourvèdre, old vine (red) syrah, old vine (red). These two grape varieties are very popular because, with their aromas and tannins, they give body to the wine. The adjoining former plots cleared of vines remain to be replanted. These cover 1 ha 24 a.

Our opinion

Hidden by centuries-old pine trees lies one of the most romantic estates in the region. Considered as a place of refuge and meditation, the property, which is of human dimensions, appeals by its historicity, its charm and its gentle atmosphere. Time is suspended here and silence reigns supreme. Due to its authenticity and its exceptional environment, the property is unique and offers a strong potential for development, above all for lovers of beautiful stones who wish to be part of the continuity and preservation of the site.

Exclusive sale

950 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 216220

Land registry surface area 7 ha 9 a 44 ca
Main building surface area 250 m2
Number of bedrooms 10
Outbuilding surface area 383 m2
including refurbished area430 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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