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Château des Coccinelles

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Domazan, in the south of the southern Rhône valley and close to the most beautiful historical sites, between the Avignon bridge and the Pont du Gard, is where the Château des Coccinelles is located. The estate covers 80 hectares around the Signargues plateau, a land of excellence, distinguished by its exceptional geological history. Facing south/southeast...

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Domazan, in the south of the southern Rhône valley and close to the most beautiful historical sites, between the Avignon bridge and the Pont du Gard, is where the Château des Coccinelles is located. The estate covers 80 hectares around the Signargues plateau, a land of excellence, distinguished by its exceptional geological history. Facing south/south-east and swept by the Mistral 200 days a year, this former bed of the Rhône has the same rolled pebbles as its prestigious neighbour Châteauneuf-du-Pape. But all its uniqueness lies in the composition of its soil, more clayey at depth than on the surface, which provides a buffer effect and allows a water supply to the vines. A major asset that has all its importance in the balance and finesse of the wines.

Our story

The Fabre family, owner of Château des Coccinelles, has linked its destiny to wine since the beginning of the 20th century. But it was really in the 1970s that the estate gained in fame, with the arrival of René Fabre at its head. By carrying out a real work of knowledge of the terroir and by questioning the cultural and oenological methods of the time, he will considerably improve the quality of his wines. Thanks to him, Château des Coccinelles is part of the very closed circle of the first wine estates to have obtained the organic label in 1978. Driven by this very strong desire to preserve his vines and the nature that surrounds him, René Fabre chose to join the Association Nature et Progrès. Together they verbalize their commitments in an "organic" specification that they will have validated in 1974 by the Ministry of Agriculture. They will be the precursors of Organic Agriculture and the first defenders of clean and responsible viticulture.

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During all these years, the estate has kept the same line of conduct and still produces organic wines, all in balance, gourmet and fruity. And to celebrate its 100th winemaking, Château des Coccinelles has produced a special sulphur-free cuvee named after the double wings of Les Coccinelles: "Elytres". Jean-Baptiste Mangin is very involved and coordinates the development of the estate and wine management, always combining respect for the environment with more modern equipment. For example, by choosing the vino-lok cork for its Signargues cuvée. Made of glasses, neutral materials par excellence, after several years of testing, it turns out that this vino-lok cork significantly increases the ageing potential of the wine (by increasing the rarity of oxygen during its ageing in the bottle) without any risk of variation from one bottle to another. The vintages, recognizable by the ladybug affixed to the labels, are very present in France and are also exported. Mainly in Northern Europe, North America and Asia.

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