The Domaine is run by Oliver Coste and his son Bernard. The family have been winemakers for more than 300 years and is now in the eleventh generation. The salamanders on the label have been the family crest since 1701, when on the 1st July of that year Joseph Alazard, the founder of the domaine, received a crest featuring three salamanders from King Louis XIV’s counsellor. As a tribute to their heritage the three lizards appear on all Montrose bottles. The name Montrose appears on the first French Cadastral maps - these are the Cassini maps which were drawn up after 1756 - but the name Montrose can actually be traced back as far as 1696. This historic estate is a benchmark in the production of Languedoc and South of France rosé wines, it is located in the small Cotes de Thongue appellation, near Pézenas on the Mediterranean coast. The estate is named after its location with vines planted on the sides of two volcanoes, Montrose and Montredon, and also for the pink coloured blossom of the almond trees surrounding the property. They take an organic approach with their 100 hectares under vine, planted with Chardonnay, Viognier, Rolle, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, on varied and unusual terroirs: clay-limestone, Villafranchian terrasses [small rounded pebbles], and volcanic soils. Although red and white wines are produced, rosé is the emblematic wine of the family. These wines are sublime, showcasing the unique personality of this special slice of the Languedoc and represent outstanding value for money.