Grape Varieties and Terroirs Syrah, Grenache Noir. The Belvèze plateau, characterized by metamorphic stones from glacial deposits of the Montagne Noire and gravely clay schist. This terroir offers the Syrah mouthwatering notes of strawberry jam. The Cascal terroir consists of well drained pebbly ground.
Vinification The free run juice, resulting from direct pneumatic pressing, is run off and the must then goes through a process of cold settling. The wine is then fermented in thermo-regulated steel vats.
Aging Aging takes place in stainless steel vats.
Tasting Notes The pale robe is the colour of pink rose petals The nose is a medley of red fruit aromas, strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. The palate is fresh, crisp, fruity and ample.
Grape Varieties and Terroirs Syrah, Grenache Noir, Carignan. This cuvee represents the traditional know how of the Minervois. These grapes varieties, emblematic of the appellation, together to result in a generous and accessible red wine.
Vinification After being picked, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. The vinification and the maceration last between 15 and 20 days. A soft extraction is performed by a gentle pumping over daily.
Aging In stainless steel and cement vats
Tasting Notes The deep red coloured robe is features purple reflections. The nose at first marked by notes of spices and pepper, then opens up to reveal aromas of red fruits. The palate is suave, round and full with hints of rosemary and licorice, and is typical of the Minervois.
Alcohol Content: 14.5% vol. Yield: 45hl/ha.
Awards and Scores, Previous Vintage Paris Competition Agricole : Gold Medal 90 points Robert Parker
Grape Varieties and Terroirs This cuvée is a blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan Old Vines. The plots are found on the Belvèze plateau, composed of pebbly schist, quartz and gravel. This superb quality terroir is characterized by a high content of organic matter and stones.
Vinification The grapes are harvested entirely by hand, de-stemmed, crushed and placed in tanks for a maceration lasting for around two weeks. To carefully extract the tannins, small quantities are pumped over daily. Each of the vats is subject to a daily tasting by our œnologue, to effect the best possible fermentation.
Aging Aged in tanks for a natural expression of the fruits.
Tasting Notes With a bright garnet red robe, this wine is skillfully made to extract the best of the terroir. The nose at first evokes the aromas of the garrigue (wild herbs), evolving towards ripe black fruits. The palate is round with mellow tannins and finishes on aromas of prune, red fruits and leather.
Alcohol Content: 14.5% vol. Yield: 40hl/ha
Awards and Scores Gold Medal: Concours Général Agricole Paris
Grape Varieties and Terroirs Predominantly Carignan Old Vines. Our Carignan plots are situated on the Belvèze plateau. This superb quality terroir is high in rich organic matter and stones.
Vinification In order to pay due respect to our old Carignan vines which are pruned in the goblet style, all of the plots are hand harvested and carefully placed in small boxes. To reveal the best expression of the terroir, they then go through the carbonic maceration process. During the following two weeks there is strictly no intervention, to make the most of these fine fruits.
Aging 18 months in one and two year old French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes The robe is a brilliant, deep garnet red. The nose offers aromas of blackcurrant and wild blackberries with notes of black olives. The fleshy and lush palate reveals a fruity explosion of black cherries and wild garrigue herbs.
Alcohol Content: 14% vol. Yield: 30hl/ha
Awards and Scores The 2018 vintage is in the process of being presented. Previous vintage: Decanter: Silver Medal
Grape Varieties and Terroirs This cuvee is a blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. The Roussanne plot is situated on the south facing slopes of Le Pech in Bize-Minervois and comprises of a sandstone soil. The Grenache Blanc plot, is situated on the Belvèze plateau.
Vinification The grapes are pressed whole immediately after picking in the traditional champagne style, with the juice allowed to drain naturally through the stems to ensure gentle extraction. Fermentation takes place in clean and tannin free, new French oak barrels.
Aging Whilst aging, the lees are regularly stirred gently, to obtain the desired volume and fullness. This aging lasts for 6 months in new and one year old French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes The bright robe is pale yellow with golden reflections. An intense nose, with a hint of lemon it has a bouquet of orange zest, orange blossom, intermingled with aromas of toasted hazelnuts, cocoa and butter. The palate has a touch of vanilla, good volume and an elegant finesse.
Grape Varieties and Terroirs This cuvee is a blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Grenache Noir. The plots are situated on the Belvèze plateau pebbly schist, quartz and gravel. This superb quality terroir is characterized by a high content of organic matter and stones. The vines which are used to produce Cuvée Arthur are characterized by pruning in a low goblet style so that the grapes mature to their optimum point.
Vinification In order to respect the integrity of these fine grapes, we harvest by hand. After being harvested, the grapes spend 15 to 20 days in tanks before being aged.
Aging Aged in 1 and 2 year old French oak barrels for 15 months.
Tasting Notes The robe is a deep red colour with purple reflections. The nose is rich and after allowing the wine to breathe, notes of black cherry and roasted coffee beans are revealed. The powerful palate enjoys silky, ever present tannins. The finale is lightly spiced with licorice notes. This wine pairs with all fine dishes.
Alcohol Content: 14.5% vol. Yield: 25hl/ha
Awards and Scores 2017 vintage in process of being presented.
Awards for previous vintage: Robert Parker Wine Advocate : 90 points Decanter : Platinum Medal International Wine Challenge : Silver Medal Grands Vins du Languedoc Competition : Silver Medal Guide Hachette : 2 stars
Grape Varieties & Terroirs This cuvee is a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache Noir. These plots are found on the Belvèze plateau. This superb quality terroir is characterized by a high content of organic matter and stones. The vines dedicated to making Grande Cuvée Belvèze are distinguished by their low goblet style pruning which allows the optimal maturing of the grapes.
Harvest & Vinification Hand-picked to respect the integrity of these fine grapes. Once destemmed, vinification and maceration take place in stainless steel tanks and last 20 to 25 days with manual cap punching.
Aging After racking, aged for 18 months in French oak barrels; 50% new.
Tasting Notes The robe is a deep black cherry colour. The bouquet has a pleasant freshness, and opens up with smoky aromas and mineral notes (gunflint). It has a powerful palate. In the style of a great Languedoc wine, the Grande Cuvée Belvèze is a fullbodied wine full of complexity. Its elegance and finesse is revealed after having been left to breathe in a decanter some hours before being consumed.
Alcohol Content: 14% vol Yield: 30 hl/ha.
Awards and Scores Decanter: Silver Medal Grands Vins du Languedoc Competition: Silver Medal Top 100 Languedoc Wines in the UK
Grape Varieties and Terroirs This vintage is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. The plots are situated on the limestone Cazelles plateau. This superb quality terroir is characterized by a high content of organic matter and stones. Our farming practices work in harmony with and respect the local flora and fauna.
Harvest and Vinification Our harvest is 100% by hand, in order to respect the integrity of these fine grapes from the vineyard to the cellar. The grapes are gently pneumatically pressed whole, immediately after picking with the stems being used as natural drains for the flowing juice. Fermentation takes place partially in oak barrels.
Aging Aged on fine lees for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes The robe is pale yellow in colour with vivid reflections. The bouquet is wonderfully expressive and opens up to reveal notes of exotic fruits. The rich palate is round with an excellent freshness and finishes with subtle toasted notes.
Alcohol content: 14% vol. Yield: 35 hl/ha.
Awards & Scores Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 92 points International Wine Challenge : Silver Medal
Vignobles Dondain brings together 3 family estates and tells the story of an enduring passion.
For 22 years, wine enthusiast Gontran Dondain and his daughter Stephanie lived their life-long dream, creating and running their estates. Having learned at the right-hand of her father, now runs all the estates, and looks forward to sharing her proud creations at Prowein 2020.
The Estates are
Mas Roc de Bô producing premium wines from the soon to be Cru Cazelles
Château Cabezac with its complimentary terroirs offering fruity and characterful wines
Père Gontran Calvados farm in the Pays dAuge where they craft 3 – 35 year old Calvados
the family champagne brand Revillon dApreval.
Their philosophy is to work in harmony with the environment, to demand and search for the best, and to combine traditional techniques with innovation. They pride themselves on a modern approach to marketing, excellent customer care and adapting to ever changing markets. With this approach they produce good value, high quality, classic and premium wines and spirits that reflect the exceptional terroir that they come from.