Le Clos des Fées

Selected plots of old hillside vines on limestone-clay soil. A blend of equal parts of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache noir, Carignan noir. Intensive work in the vineyards: removal of buds and laterals, bunch equalising, leaf-thinning. Search for optimum phenolic ripeness, adapted for each varietals and each terroir. The havest is brought in and stores in refrigerated truck. Vinification is done in five hectolitre puncheons, de-vatted when warm, malolactic fermentation and ageing in 100% new oak barrels. All operations such as pumping-over, racking and barrel topping are done by hand, without pumps. Aged for 18 months on lees. Unfiltered. Powerful wine, concentrated, rich palate, exceptional creamy texture, yet fresh and focused. Delicious for a year after bottling, if one likes young and powerful wines, but needs to be decanted. Usually shuts-down the second year. Matures slowly and gradually acquires its character while retaining its vibrant fruit. Cellaring potential 8 to 15 years.

Le Clos des Fées

  • “Wine with a precise and tight structure, very fine tannins, freshness and energy”
    2008 Vintage 17/20
    Guide Bettane-Desseauve 2012

  • “Beautiful floral nose of violets, ripe cassis, oriental spices, hints of rosemary, cashews. Velvety palate, creamy, deep, with exceptional fruit, melted and velvety tannins. To be drunk with a pigeon with spices”
    2008 Vintage 5 glasses out of 5 possible
    Pierre Casamayor, Guide Hubert 2011

  • “We do not like it but love it... We love this texture expressing the terroir with this chewy structure. It's not consensual, but so true. The nose is a bit reduced, for it expresses aromas of concentrated candied fruit. The Garrigue sings in the glass for the final
    ✮✮✮✮✮✮✩ 16,5/20
    Guide Gault et Millau 2011

  • « Ultra fine tannins. Phenomenal length. Luxurious wood flavours, very well handled. A class act »

  • “The Mourvèdre gives class to this cuvee still in the grip of the barrels, but the material will take over. A must with a powerful and uncompromising style. Will reach its peak in 2010/2018”
    Millésime 2007 17/20
    Bettane & Desseauve, Grand Guide des Vins de France 2011

  • “Woody vanilla, spicy, minty. Fat palate with candied fruits, licorice and pepper. Smooth tannins, powerful, accomplished: Great class
    Pierre Casamayor Revue du Vin de France, février 2008

  • « This rich, powerful red delivers intense dark and red fruit flavors that are accented by plenty of zesty, spicy notes. The long finish features snappy red licorice and dark chocolate flavors. Decant before serving. Equal parts Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Carignan. Best from 2011 through 2015. »
    2006 Vintage 93 points
    Kim Marcus - Wine Spectator, september 10, 2010

  • “Sleek and elegant wine, muscular, with sleek tannins and classy finish”
    Bettane & Desseauve, Grand Guide des Vins de France 2008

  • “This wine stands out for its finesse and balance. The 2005 vintage has succeeded again with its digestibility and freshness”
    Les Meilleurs Vins de France 2008

  • “Already a classic wine, which imposes itself, thanks to a generosity and ultra-seductive delicacy”
    Les Plus Grands Vins du Monde 2008, Bettane & Desseauve

  • “An impression of brightness, purity, and precision”