The Domaine de l’Aigle islocated close to the village of Roquetaillade, near Limoux in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The estate covers some 31 hectares, with vines planted between 250 and 500 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude, and indeed the Languedoc. The Chardonnay vines thrive in climatic conditions similar to those of Burgundy, as the vineyard experiences an oceanic climate with continental influences, frequent rain fall and wide temperature ranges .The vines are planted at a density of between 5,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare, which produce concentrated wines. The vines are trellised using espaliers to ensure optimal sunlight exposure, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly. Pruning, de-budding and thinning out of the leaves are all conducted manually and to environmentally-friendly specifications. The grapes are harvested by hand and are transported to the cellar in special bins to preserve the quality of the fruit. The vines are grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable agriculture set by Terra Vitis.
The juice was immediately extracted by delicate pneumatic pressing, cooled and left to settle before fermentation began. 75% was fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels, the remainder in vat to retain the purity of fruit. The wine was matured on its fine lees in oak barrels for six months where it underwent full malolactic conversion.