Having recently done a whirl wind tour of some of our producers in Languedoc Roussilon I continue to be amazed by the passion of many of our producers. I have chosen Clos des Fées to highlight this passion and the complete lack of glamour in producing wine.

Former sommelier, caviste and wine journalist Hervé Bizeuil set up his 7ha in Vingrau in the Roussillon in 1998. Hervé started with no money and the grapes were brought in and the wines produced out of the back of a friend’s cellar. Hervé’s day started when his friend’s day finished as he was borrowing his facilities bar the four tiny resin tanks he had purchased. In 1999 he converted his garage into a small winery which is where he continues to make his wines today.

 

 

 Clos des Fées

 Hervé Bizeuil and son

He has gradually acquired many more hectares and his estate is now 30 ha and he has a team of eight people. The vines span across a number of differing terroirs including old vines (up to 100 years old in some sectors) the steepness of the terrain dictates hand picking. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris make up the majority of the plantings. The wines are aged in oak barriques for at least a year and are bottled without filtration. Hervé has succeeded in establishing these as some of the most sought-after wines in Southern France, offering his first en primeur in 1999 which gave him the means to continue. In 2005 Le Revue de Vin de France named Clos des Fées as the number one estate in Roussillon. He has continued to produce wines which gain accolades and certainly this estate played a large part in putting Roussillon on the map for fine wines.

In 2007 Hervé adds 40 hectares of Olive trees to his estate and in 2008 started their first harvest of olives and their first press of olive oil. Which we are delighted to sell along with his fantastic wines.

Clos des Fées - Amazing Olives

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