Domaine de Berane

Anne-Claire Rabatel and Bertrand Ferary

Côtes du Ventoux

9 ha

 

The vineyards of Côtes du Ventoux are part of the southern Rhone and are for the most part spread out around the town of Carpentras just north of Provence. They are set against the backdrop of Mont Ventoux which dramatically rises 1912 meters above the valley floor. This imposing mountain range, the tallest in interior France, has been classified by UNESCO as a “Reserve de Biosphere”. Mont Ventoux  and the Rhone River have combined to create a variety of soil types in the Cotes du Ventoux appellation and in addition to grapes, there is a rich array of crops that grows on these southern Rhône fields.

 
Domaine de Berane’s vineyard is situated in the village of Mormoiron at an elevation of 350 meters and with south-east exposure. The vineyard is composed of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. The domaine works according to the principles of organic farming.

The cuvee “Les Blaques” is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. It is fermented and then matured for six months in cement tanks. The wine combines rich and dense fruit with fine tannins giving the wine body and structure.

The cuvee “Agapes” takes it name from the biblical word connoting a meal taken after work and it is indeed a lovely wine to have after a day’s work. The wine is a blend of 70% Grenache from 50 year old vines, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The wine is fermented in cement tanks using indigenous yeasts. The Grenache and Mourvedre are matured in tank while the Syrah is matured partly in tank and partly in barrel.