Domaine Valambelle

Grande Cuvée 2014
Faugères AOP

grande-cuvee

Estate bottled

An unmistakable typical taste

Domaine Valambelle is an old family property. Most of the present vineyards were gained on the woods surrounding the village of Laurens 30 years ago by Michel Abbal. This means that still today only one vineyard of the Estate is contiguous to vines from another estate.
Michel’s son, Thierry, joined him in 1998. They left the local cooperative in 2002 to set up their own winery. That was the beginning of Domaine Valambelle.

In 2008 they started the move towards bio wines. Since 2012 the Estate is BIO (Ecocert certified). Having no close neighbors makes this qualification quite protected from external and unwanted influences.

The Estate covers 23 hectares, 21 of which are cultivated today. The vines are between 20 and 40 years old. Soil is mainly schist, which gives very low yields but an unmistakable typical taste.

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The Estate covers 23 hectares, 21 of which are cultivated today. The vines are between 20 and 40 years old.

Soil is mainly schist, which gives very low yields but an unmistakable typical taste.

This cuvee is grown on 80% schists, and chalk and clay for the mourvedre.

Syrah 80%
Mourvèdre 20%

In this cuvee the varietals are on average 30 years old, for a yield of 35Hl/ha.

Short goblet pruning. Manual harvesting, with sorting. Destemming, traditional long fermentation.

Maturing in epoxy lined cement vat.

Serve at 17 / 18°C.

Its mineral taste, lined with very ripe fruit, makes it the complement for barbecue, grilled sausage on the vines, dried ham.