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La Combe Blanche is a small estate located in the heart of the Cru La Livinière, the first vintage of Languedoc. The vines spread over the small terroir of the hamlet of Calamiac are composed of a multitude of grape varieties, Syrah, Grenache noir, Tempranillo, Carignan, Cinsault, Pinot noir, but also Roussanne, Grenache gris. These grape varieties planted on predominantly clayey soils give here....Lire plus Learn more
La Combe Blanche is a small estate located in the heart of the Cru La Livinière, the first vintage of Languedoc. The vines spread over the small terroir of the hamlet of Calamiac are composed of a multitude of grape varieties, Syrah, Grenache noir, Tempranillo, Carignan, Cinsault, Pinot noir, but also Roussanne, Grenache gris. These grape varieties planted on predominantly clayey soils give here all their potential. We thus find the wonderful aromas of garrigue and red fruits. On the edge of the Black Mountains on the slopes overlooking the Minervois, the vineyard benefits from the warm and dry Mediterranean climate with cool nights. All these conditions allow us to obtain an exceptional maturity of our grapes, while keeping a beautiful acidity. The land is managed in a conventional way, however, waiting to install my son Ambroise and thus to be able to make a conversion to organic farming we take care to use at least and in a rational way any phytosanitary input. The harvest is for the most elegant wines made by hand, buckets and hoods for the reds, and 12kg crates for the whites.
Climatic exile, in 1981 I left the harshness of the Ardennes climate to find here the land of cocagne, so I left my sweet Belgium where I taught morality to embark on viticulture in which I knew nothing, neither the culture, nor the vinification, nor even the aromas and flavours of the wines.While restructuring the estate, I followed a training course to learn the profession of winegrower in the evening, while I spent my days as an employee for a winegrower in the village, then thanks to the experience I acquired I became manager of Château Laville Bertroux and then of the Cantausel estate, in 2000 I left my position as manager to devote myself 100% to La Combe Blanche.
Since 2013, Ambroise, one of my sons, has been spending more and more time on the estate in order to train and be able to take over the reins of the estate in the near future. A family history is being written...