This 3-generation family estate currently manages 58 hectares of old vines (80 years on average) - 30 of which are in one single piece in the heart of the Lirac appellation (Gard). They produce wine in three appellations - TAVEL, LIRAC and CÔTES DU RHÔNE (with the Jean Alesi estate).
This family owned and operated winery produces some of the best values in our portfolio.
In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of the late Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the Domaine and began to improve the quality of the wine. "Ségriès" in provencal means "water spring".
The Domaine Château de Ségriès owns 58 hectares of vineyard land (143 acres), all in old vines, 30 hectares in one piece alone:
- 11 ha (27 acres) in Tavel, on limestone, pebble stone, sand and clay based soils.
- 36 ha (89 acres) in Lirac, on clay and limestone based soils.
- 7 ha (17 acres) in Côtes du Rhône.
- 4 ha (10 acres) in Côtes du Rhône for the "Clos Jean Alesi"
Many of the vines date back to 1925, and were planted by the former owner Count de Regis de Gatimel.
The clay-limestone based soils contribute in an essential way to the quality of the wines, in the same way as the cultivation method and the traditional grape varieties that are used. The cultivation method reduces yields to favor quality, and uses short-term processes and limited use of traditional fertilizers. Mainly harvested by hand, vinified traditionally, privileging Grenache, Ségriès wines have body, warmth, roundness.
"This estate has become fairly well known in the United States, thanks to the tireless work of its importer, Fran Kysela, MS. They’ve even named the drive up to the cellars in his honor. Of course, there needs to be more than marketing behind a wine for it to have staying power, and the wines of Château de Ségriès have been reliably good—and great values—for decades. Every time I’ve visited, the building has been a construction zone, so it is a bit of a miracle that the wines are so consistent from year to year. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #233, October 2017)
"This estate has been on a qualitative hot streak for more than a decade, and this trio represents some of their attractive value-priced selections."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013)
"This has been a reliable producer of terrific values in the Cotes du Rhone (and for their Tavel rose) for a number of years, and they have once again done an admirable job."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (#201, June 2012)
"The new releases from proprietor Henri de Lanzac are all impressive." - Wine Advocate (#195, June 2011)
"Over the last fifteen years, this property has been transformed into one of the better value producers in the Cotes du Rhone. The old, oxidized, vegetal offerings have been replaced with classic examples of Provencal wines that are fresh and fruity with ripe tannins." - Wine Advocate (#190, Aug. 2010)
"A super value treasure trove in the southern Rhone, Ségriès is a large estate of 109 acres brought back to life over the last decade by Henri de Lanzac. The wines continue to go from strength to strength."- Wine Advocate (#178, Aug. 2008)