LGI Wines wine producer

LGI Wines
Founded in 1999 and based in Carcassonne in Languedoc, LGI was the brainchild of Alain Grignon, formerly of the Foncalieu co-operative group, who had the vision of making inexpensive wines designed specifically for the export market. In this he was helped at the beginning by English merchant, and ex-Waitrose buyer, Mark Lynton MW. The wines are sold under a variety of export-friendly brand names including Rare Vineyards and Élevé.
Most of the wines are sourced from a number of cooperatives, the majority along an arc between Carcassonne and Béziers, with some fruit also coming from Limoux and from further afield in Gascony. The winemaking and bottling is supervised by Xavier Roger, a Sancerrois, recently promoted to chief executive. LGI is also able to act as broker for several top estates, including Domaine Barroubio in Saint-Jean de Minervois and Christophe Barbier in La Clape.

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