The wine is named “Villa Mon Rêve” after a little stone cottage situated on our vineyards in La Livinière. The story began many years ago when the previous owner built the cottage for his ailing wife so they could spend what they thought were their last years in this idyllic setting, surrounded by beautiful vineyards.
A dream came true when his wife made a miraculous recovery and hence the cottage became “Villa Mon Rève” (the house of my dream). This incredible story behind the name also inspired the wine. Finally, after all these years we now believe we have selected an exceptional north facing Syrah that does justice to this uplifting story of “Villa Mon Rêve”.
Hand harvesting at optimum ripeness.
One third of whole bunches, two thirds de-stemmed without crushing.
Light pumpovers and punchdowns during 4 weeks maceration.
“Another serious effort, the 2012 Villa Mon Rêve (…) offers stunning purity of fruit to go with impressive notes of blueberries, violets, lilac and hints of chocolate on the nose. Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate Robert Parker 2015, Rating 92 pts.
“Dark blackish crimson. Broad and friendly with some black pepper on the nose. Real structure. Long with great ripeness but no excess alcohol. This could only come from Minervois ! Very savoury and appetising. Long.” 16.5+/20 Jancis Robinson
At 250m altitude, limestone base, north east-facing slope, La Livinière, Minervois.
In 2000 litre oak barrel and 1600 litre concrete egg tank during 20 months without racking of the lees – Bottling with no fining or filtration – 6 months bottle ageing before release