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"A unique place, 70 hectares in one piece, at the top of the Clape". 150 metres above sea level, a maritime influence - the sea is 5 kilometres away, behind a rocky bar -; a dominant blue side with the ponds, Bages, Gruissan; and a large plateau, with the scents of the scrubland, in the colours of limestone. "The domain has always existed, but after phylloxera, the v...Lire plus Learn more
"A unique place, 70 hectares in one piece, at the top of the Clape". 150 metres above sea level, a maritime influence - the sea is 5 kilometres away, behind a rocky bar -; a dominant blue side with the ponds, Bages, Gruissan; and a large plateau, with the scents of the scrubland, in the colours of limestone. "The estate has always existed, but after the phylloxera, the vines became pasture land for sheep" Until we replanted... It was in 1980... The Mediterranean climate gives us its warm days, the sea and the La Clape massif fresh nights. The privilege of great wines made from extremely fine grapes that need to ripen slowly without being "burned", the soils, mainly native marl and marl limestone dating from the Cretaceous period, mixed with the products of the erosion of the limestone plateau that overlooks them, ensure hydration and freshness.This exceptional terroir, nestled in the heart of the garrigue and protected by the La Clape massif, provides an ideal setting for the production of great wines. Each task, each specific intervention, has the aim of revealing the best of the wine, in this remarkable place which is one of the great terroirs in Languedoc. our philosophy requires a careful monitoring of maturity. The complexity of a great wine depends on it. Understanding, feeling, knowing how to harvest each plot separately and at the optimal time, this is our credo: for whites, it is a matter of waiting until the vine has synthesized as many aromas as possible, just before it "gets tired": ensuring the freshness that will enhance the structure of the wine.Red grapes can only be harvested if they have the right tannic potential, at a stage in the plant's cycle when the plant's vegetal notes have disappeared: the Grail of power and finesse... Our work, at this stage of maturity, follows our idea of an exceptional wine. Nature has rewarded us for our care and patience. We take over for a long process of precision in our choices, our actions. Our humility forces us to respect the raw material: so precious and so fragile at the same time, the essence of our terroir is revealed only by low average yields: 30 hls per hectare. No more than 4,000 bottles per hectare: the balance of the plant.
ACCOMPLISHING HIS DREAMS When Alain Bovis, owner, first saw Figuières, it was love at first sight. This estate, one of the magical places in the south of France, is an ancient terroir where nature stands out for its power, beauty and omnipresence. Alain Bovis wanted to go in the direction of this close relationship with nature, and develop an almost carnal relationship with wine, there has always been vines here, and today, among the few surrounding estates, Figuières is particularly intriguing. we belong to our territory. our duty is to observe, understand and work on it, in order to reveal it. After the first contact with the estate, a few years of restoration of this jewel will have been necessary, the main thing was to see more clearly the potential of the terroir, to analyse the soils, to identify the sources, and of course to take into account the grape varieties. This investigative work, aimed at producing the best wine on this remarkable terroir, is bearing fruit today with this first vintage. Our quest is taste. The aromas of our wines must be precise, deep, elegant and generous. We seek to reveal refined textures, remarkable lengths and complexities, and our quest goes beyond that. Beyond the beverage, wine is a link between our hard manual work and your search for meaning and humanity. Our bottles concentrate what awakens our senses every day: the multiple smells of the scrubland, the maritime view, the sudden cutting of the massif, the isolation favourable to introspection and contemplation.
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