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 vineyard benefits 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. Some of the vines used to produce this Carignan were planted in the 1930‘s, the ‘youngest‘ ones date back to the 60‘s.
2010 was a fantastic year in Languedoc. The start of the year was relatively damp which created some good water reserves. An uneventful spring was followed by a hot and dry summer which was great for berries concentration and maturating. In late August, nights became a bit colder and some light rains allowed vines to complete their maturing cycle in perfect conditions as well as avoiding any problems of over ripeness. Therefore the acidity of the berries was maintained all along giving us fantastic wines.
This wine has been aged in French oak barrels, recycled from Pichon Baron for 6 months.
This wine presents a deep and intense purple colour. On the nose, it shows subtle aromas of black fruit, thyme and rosemary. Very smooth on the palate this is a full bodied, rich wine very well balanced by a touch of acidity.
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.