Childhood friends Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier each grew up in a family of winemakers and shared a bond from a young age. They became closer still, when they later married sisters Brigitte and Florence, also from a winemaking family. They now boast two properties, Domaine des Deux Roches (Mâcon) and Altugnac (Languedoc).
Following the success of Domaine des Deux Roches, in 1997 Christian and Jean-Luc branched out from Mâcon and purchased land in the southwest of the Languedoc in Limoux. This site benefits from an elevation of up to 500 meters, thereby moderating the Mediterranean climate. The shallow, limestone-based soils are ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Altugnac estate spans 100 hectares which includes vineyards, woods and farmland. Vines have an average age of 30 years with some nearly 50 years old. Yields are low, sometimes half that required by the designation. Just as they did with Domaine des Deux Roches, the duo sought and received their High Environmental Certification in 2017.