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.
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 vineyards benefit from excellent geographic conditions : sunny exposure, local winds ( ‘Tramontane‘ and ‘Mistral‘ ) 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 first task undertaken by the new owners was to identify the best sites in the vineyard for each grape variety. The Mourvèdre, for example was planted where it would gain optimal exposure to the sun to reach full maturity.
2009 was a fairly ‘normal‘ year for Languedoc. A mild winter was followed by a sunny and cool spring and a sunny summer. Nights in June were relatively cool which promoted balance in the fruit. August was very hot which contributed to the ripening and concentration of the berries and a healthy state. Mourvèdre is a demanding grape and requires a long ripening season. The Mas Belles Eaux domaine does not produce Mourvèdre every year ; only when the summer has been long and sunny. 2009 was very good for rich, concentrated reds.
This wine was fermented in French oak barrels for 6 months, the barrels were recycled from Pichon Baron in Bordeaux.
This Mourvèdre displays great varietal character. It offers spices and black fruits with a fine tannic structure and freshness from the balanced acidity. It has the ability to improve with age.
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.