The idiom “il y a belle lurette” means a long time ago. The venerable vines used for this wine now produce very small quantities of grapes, creating a noble wine, lively and distinguished, astonishingly fresh and voluptuous.
|Winery||Domaine de Cebene|
|Grapes||Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (8)|
Very ripe nose with red fruit (cherry) and a certain stony minerality with an acidulé note. The very nicely coated tannins give Belle Lurette its personnality.
It is a warm invitation to accompany all sorts of gourmet food, grilled pork with sage, game, cassoulet with preserved duck ...
100 % schist (slate) on the upper northern hills of the Faugères appellation, one of the older and most qualitative terroirs in the wine world. The north orientation of the vines ensures that the sugar maturation in the grapes does not precede the development of the phenolic compounds. 40 km from the Mediterranean, at 320 metres altitude.
Very low yields. Carignan less than 15 hl/ha. Syrah and Grenache around 20 hl/ha. Selective picking in the vineyard and at the winery. Each section within a parcel is harvested at different times and vinified separately. Manual harvest in small cagettes
The grapes gently fall into the small cement vats of our authentic winery. Ageing in stainless steels vats. Temperature control. No oak. We use the grape press of the old cellar, built in the early 1900’s.
Brigitte Chevalier came to Faugères to make wine in her own, highly individual way. In a short space of time, her organically farmed estate of 11 hectares has established itself as a leader within its chosen appellation and a highly rated name within South of France winemaking circles.
She hunted down and bought the parcels that met her objectives, choosing them on the basis of the quality of their terroir and their grape varieties, their exposure (north-facing, for balanced wines) and altitude (300 metres, in the foothills of the Massif Central), in Faugères, in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Parc Naturel.
She wants to capture the style and delicate flavor of cooler-appellation wines in the Languedoc. Domaine de Bénène terroirs, combined with deep-rooted vines, very low yields, grapes hand-picked at optimum ripeness and careful vinification give Brigitte’s organic wines a unique profile.
Domaine Cébène‘s name refers to the Languedoc goddess who inspired the area’s name Cévènnes.