In 2002, Christian Seely was drawn to the huge potential of the ‘Belles Eaux‘ vineyard, situated in Caux, near Pézenas, in the heart of the Languedoc...
Following considerable investment driven by the experts at Pichon Baron, into the vineyard, cellar and team at Mas Belles Eaux, the property has been completely renovated. It is now producing exciting and expressive reds from the traditional Languedoc varieties - Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre - that are receiving critical acclaim. They also produce a bright, refreshing rosé.
The estate takes its name from the natural springs that are dotted around the ‘Mas‘ (farmstead) and flow into the Peyne river, adding a freshness to the wines.
The vineyard benefits from excellent geographic conditions : sunny exposure and local winds (‘Tramontane‘ and ‘Mistral‘) which are key for drying bunches from humidity and keep rot at bay. Soil is gravel over red clay and provides excellent drainage, while retaining moisture at depth.
The winter, which was severe for the region, was followed by a cold, wet spring leading to late bud break (about 15 days behind normal). Thankfully, fine weather ensued in early July. The dry, sunny summer with cool nights provided good ripening conditions for the grapes. Harvest was certainly late, but the grapes were picked at just the right moment. Harvesting took place as and when required for each plot, from the 6th of September to the 13th October. The team picked row by row with a single priority: to focus on quality, and not quantity, of fruit.
With this blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre, every possible effort was made to preserve the flavours and aromas of the original fruit. The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night then very gently pressed prior to slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures (between 16 and 18°C) to preserve its freshness.
This wine has a beautiful pale pink colour. The nose is characterized by aromas of red fruits. The mouth is pleasant and refreshing, with bright notes of raspberry and citrus fruits.
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