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"A unique place, 70 hectares in one piece, at the top of La Clape". 150 metres above sea level, a maritime influence - the sea is 5 kilometres away, behind a rocky bar ; one side ...Lire plus Learn more
"A unique place, 70 hectares in one piece, at the top of La Clape".
150 metres above sea level, a maritime influence - the sea is 5 kilometres away, behind a rocky bar -; a dominant blue side with ponds, Bages, Gruissan; and a large plateau, with the smell of garrigue and the colours of limestone.
"The estate has always existed, but after the phylloxera, the vines became grazing land for the sheep". Until they were replanted... It was in 1980.
The Mediterranean climate gives us warm days, the sea and the massif of La Clape cool nights. It
is the prerogative of great wines made from extremely fine grapes that need to ripen slowly without being "burnt".
The soils, mostly marl and marl-limestone autochthonous dating from the Cretaceous period, mixed with the products of 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. The essential of our gestures is to reveal the potential of the terroir. Each task, each precise intervention, aims to reveal the best of the wine, in this remarkable place which is one of the great terroirs in Languedoc. Our philosophy imposes a precise follow-up of the maturity. The complexity of a great wine depends on it. Our credo is to
understand, to feel, to know how to harvest each parcel separately and at the optimal moment.
For the whites, it is a question of waiting until the vine has synthesized the maximum of aromas, just before it "tires": to ensure 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 cycle when the vegetal notes have disappeared: the Holy Grail of power and finesse! Our work, at this stage of maturity, follows the idea we have of a wine of Exception.
Nature has rewarded us for our care and patience. We take over from it for a long process of precision in our choices, our gestures.
Our humility forces us to respect the raw material: so precious and so fragile at the same time. The essence of our terroir is only revealed 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
This estate, one of the magical places of the South of France, is an ancient land where nature imposes itself by its power, its beauty, its omnipresence.
Alain Bovis wanted to go in the direction of this close relationship with nature, and develop an almost carnal relationship with the wine. There
has always been vines here, and today, among the few surrounding estates, Figuières is particularly intriguing.
WE BELONG TO OUR TERROIR Our
duty is to observe it, to understand it and to work on it, in order to reveal it.
After the first contact with the estate, love at first sight, a few years of restoration of this jewel will have been necessary. The main thing was first of all 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
length and complexity.
Our quest goes further. 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 scents of the garrigue, the maritime view, the abrupt cutting of the massif, the isolation conducive to introspection and contemplation.
Anecdotes and memories......