Bastion de la Cite wines are produced by Vignobles Lorgeril at the Chateau de Pennautier, whose origins date back to 1620 under the reign of Louis XII. They come from the Cite de Carcassonne IGP, a classification which surrounds the famous walled city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc region of southern France.
The Lorgeril and Pennautier families, both historically influential in the Languedoc region, were joined by marriage in 1921 and their estates were merged under the Lorgeril name. The 360 acre estate is managed by Nicolas de Lorgeril, a tenth generation vigneron, and his wife Miren. Their vineyards benefit from an Atlantic influence, which moderates the extremes of the Mediterranean climate and lends charm and freshness not found in many Languedoc wines. The Chateau is certified HEV (High Environmental Value) 3, by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, based on their commitment to environmentally friendly practices. The soils are composed of chalky clay and limestone and average vine age is 30 years.
The wines are macerated and fermented at controlled, cool temperatures and clarified cold using only gravity and natural clay (Bentonite), and are therefore suitable for vegan consumption.