Hervé Bizeul - Le Clos des Fées

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Le Clos des Fées is first and foremost a very isolated and wild place. Located between Vingrau and Tautavel, north-west of Perpignan, this terroir was specifically chosen by Hervé Bizeul for its geological properties. After a varied career as a sommelier, wine and table arts writer and restaurateur, Hervé Bizeul created Clos des Fées in 1997 with less than 2 hectares. From there, years of hard work followed to transform the land and improve working methods. Find out more
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The winemaker

The history of the estate

In the middle of the Côtes-du-Roussillon, lost in a desert of garrigues and surrounded by low walls as well as fresh stones, one thinks one is peering at a postcard when observing the Clos des Fées. Planted with a pickaxe, the vines zigzag between imposing forests of green oaks. The stones have been extracted by hand from the vines and then patiently stacked by generations of dedicated winemakers. These vines have always been described as old by the inhabitants of the surrounding villages.

It was this place that Hervé Bizeul chose in the 1990s to become a winemaker. First a sommelier, then a restaurateur, and a writer of wine-related topics, he eventually realized that he had to enter the actual production of wine to finally know, if not understand, all the steps that lead a single vine to give birth to a nectar that can mark a mind for life.

Most winegrowers in the region have never worked under the dogma of a debauchery of technical means. Hervé Bizeul wants to take up this challenge, and thus begins this long story one morning in 1997. He then understands very quickly, by the coloring of the skin, and the pain of all his body parts, that the vineyard is greatly removed from the hushed atmosphere of luxury restaurants.

The terroirs

Several terroirs make up the estate. The terroir of Vingrau is found on the sloping scree of the limestone slopes where clay is found interspersed with calcium carbonate (limestone) particles. The soils, very basic, give dense and structured wines, with infinite aging capacities.

We also have the terroir of Tautavel where some high slopes of clay soils integrating a good part of rolled pebbles (type "Chateauneuf"). These acid soils give Mourvèdre an exceptional concentration.

The Maury terroir is characterized by black soils that allow the vines to take deep root. A kingdom of Grenache Noir, the terroir is early by excellence and is the first harvested on the estate.

Further into the vineyards, on a clay-limestone base, the reddish-black Schist and mica-schist flows that give the Petite Sibérie stand out for their richness in iron (a very old iron mine exploited until the 1940s is located a few meters away) give its typicity to the terroir of Calce.

We also find soils with migmatite gneiss, precambrian gneiss and very pure granite which give very spicy Syrah of a remarkable finesse whose "pencil lead" taste can be recognized blindly. Here is the terroir of Lesquedre

A limestone plateau where the wind blows more than 250 days a year, such is the terroir of Opoul. The elders have favored the white Grenache, the vines are indeed over 100 years old and show great quality and longevity.

Finally, there is the terroir of Espira de l'Agly whose black soil is reminiscent of a Tahitian beach. The Syrah grape takes deep roots here and finds nourishment and regular hydration. The wines produced here are early and benefit from a warm climate.

The wines

Images dérisoires is a wine from a micro plot planted in 2005, composed of Tempranillo and contribution on harvest of Carignan to bring some freshness. The wine obtained is dense and dark. Its mouth is compact, dense, velvety and rustic. This confusing wine offers a tasty finish that leaves a fresh and endearing mouthfeel.

A Faun with his Fife is composed mostly of Cabernet Franc. It offers a nose of ripe red fruits with delicate baked red peppers. Its palate is tannic, silky and distinguished.

Les Sorcières is a 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 20% Carignan wine. It is a medium-bodied wine with a deliberately controlled concentration for maximum drinkability. It has explosive fruit aromas, delicate tannins and a silky mouthfeel. It can improve for two to three years.

Modeste is a clear, transparent wine, reminiscent of a pinot noir at a blind taste. It is in fact composed of Grenache and Syrah, offering a powerful and refined nose, dominated by complex fresh fruits evoking faded rose, red currant and humus nuances. Its mouth is fluid and pure.

Little Siberia comes from a single parcel of old Grenache noir vines, regular topping up adds a final blend of 5-7% Mourvèdre/Syrah. This wine is remarkably long with tight tannins and memorable smoothness. Changing in the glass over several hours, it is mature after 10 years and can be kept until 30 years.
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