Joy of Terroir 2011

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December - Clos des Fees, Roussillon

Former sommelier, wine merchant and wine writer Hervé Bizeuil established this estate over seven hectares (now 18ha) in 1999, converting his garage into a winery for the first vintage. The vines span a number of terroirs across Roussillon in southern France, 15km apart, at varying exposures. While the region boasts a range of soils, Bizeuil sought out clay-limestone sites for the ‘rich and powerful’ wines he desires. The Agly Valley in Roussillon’s north boasts spectacular steep-sided hills, stony garrigue and bush-trained vines. In its upper reaches lies the prehistoric village of Tautavel and the bowl-like Cirque de Vingrau, home to the vines that make up his renowned Clos des Fées – a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan from minimal yields of just 12hl/ha. The vines seen here are 50-year-old massal-selection Grenache, while the mountains are the Traou de Cabali (Trou de Cheval), through which smugglers on horseback crossed the border between France and Spain in the 16th century.

joy of terroir, terroir,
joy of terroir, terroir,
joy of terroir, terroir,