Abbotts has been making fine wine in the Languedoc region of France since 1996, bringing a modern approach to already known appellations in the South of France.
Originating from Australia, Nerida Abbott completed a PhD in the flavour of Shiraz grapes and, after working in Australia, Spain and France, decided that the best opportunities lay in the Languedoc region. Working closely with a number of small growers, Nerida and her business partner, Nigel Sneyd, make fabulous wines combining the best of old and new worlds alike. Nigel has a degree in oenology from Australia and France and joined Nerida in the business in 1988.
Quality of fruit is paramount and Nerida and Nigel select the most concentrated and physiologically ripe fruit in the vineyard to create wine with full, ripe yet fresh fruit characters and soft tannins. A modern approach to sales and marketing sees the wines labelled under the Marcus label for Vins de Pays wines, including a Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Syrah Cabernet and Vieilles Vignes Grenache/Syrah, and under the Abbotts label for the appellation wines of the Minervois, Cabardes, Coteaux du Languedoc and Limoux.
Their domaine is located at Marseillette, a village close to Carcassonne. Here all the wine is blended, stored, matured and bottled in ideal conditions.
Malcolm Gluck of SuperPlonk devoted his entire column to Abbotts in the Guardian Easter 2003 calling Nerida's wines 'a bargain' and Natasha Hughes of Decanter Magazine named Abbotts as one of '10 Languedoc stars' in the December 2003 issue.
The Oxford Wine Company lists a range of Abbotts wines, including Marcus Sauvignon Blanc 2003, Rose 2003, Syrah Cabernet 2001 and Vielles Vignes Grenache/Syrah 2001, as well as a selection of the appellation wines including Platanus Minervois, Cirrus Cabardes, Eurus and Boreas Coteaux de Languedoc and Cordis, an old vine Carignan. Nerida spends a considerable amount of time in the UK supporting her customers by way of winemaker dinners, tastings and visits.