History

  • romains

    Roman Era

    The Romans cultivate the vines at ‘Cazal Viel’, which is of Latin origin, CAZEVIEILLE meaning “old house”.

  • 1202

    1202

    Hugues de Cessenon gives Cazal Viel to the monks of the Abbey de Fontcaude, who then cultivate the vines during the Middle Ages.

  • 1789

    1789

    During the period of the Revolution, the estate is confiscated by the State and the monks are driven out.

  • 1791

    1791

    The Miquel family acquire Cazal Viel. The land is not very fertile so the fields are mainly used for hunting rather than wine-growing as low yielding vines are not very profitable.

  • 1970

    1970

    Henri Miquel widely plants the Syrah grape during the 1970s, earning him the nickname “Mr. Syrah”.

  • 1980

    1980

    First vintage for Henri as wine producer and grower.

  • 1982

    1982

    The Saint-Chinian AOC is officially recognised by the order of May 5th, 1982. The appellation application is supported by Raoul Bayou, Member of the Hérault, and former Mayor of Cessenon- sur-Orb. It is a triumph for quality oriented winemakers.

  • 1982

    1984

    The Bardou plot is planted and given to the son, Laurent Miquel, still a child.

  • 1992

    1992

    The Miquel family plant their first Viognier vines.

  • 1995

    1995

    First Viognier harvest. It is a great success and leads to more plantings of this varietal.

  • 2009

    2009

    Laurent and his wife, Neasa Miquel, buy Château Les Auzines in Lagrasse, a magnificent estate in the Corbières Appellation.

  • 2010

    2010

    Verité Viognier wins two trophies in the “International Wine Challenge” of London. It is recognised by an international jury as the best white of Languedoc Roussillon and the best Viognier in the world.

  • 2011

    2011

    Sean Miquel is born on April 9th, representing the 9th generation and thus starting a new chapter in our history.

  • 2012

    2012

    Thanks to our customers and loyal partners our wines are exported to over 40 countries around the world.