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Domaine de la Cendrillon

The Domaine de La Cendrillon has 50 hectares, including about fifteen hectares of young vines from 2 to 15 years old, all planted on the borders of the Fontfroide and Boutenac terroirs, convinced that every great wine is born from a living and preserved environment, the estate has converted to organic farming and obtained its ECOCERT certification in 2013. This process...

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The Domaine de La Cendrillon has 50 hectares, including about fifteen hectares of young vines from 2 to 15 years old, all planted on the borders of the Fontfroide and Boutenac terroirs.
Convinced that every great wine is born from a living and preserved environment, the estate has converted to organic farming and obtained its ECOCERT certification in 2013. This approach requires extreme care in the vineyard to obtain healthy grapes with juices full of intense
flavours. The

work of restructuring the vineyard, the conversion to organic farming are accompanied by the management of water stress controlled by drip irrigation, grassing on the row and amendment in

sheep

manure

. The

planting of "exotic" grape varieties (Albarinho, Verdejo) and the extension of the cellar allow vinification where each plot can express its

originality.

The diversity of the terroirs and grape varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault but also Merlot, Marselan or Petit Manseng) allows the Cellar Master to have an exceptional palette of colours and aromas.

The

wines have their signature of freshness, balance, finesse and elegance

.

Our story

Domaine de La Cendrillon, a wine estate, began its history in the middle of the 18th century when it became the property of the Joyeux family around 1750
. 17th century, we find the first origins of the Joyeux family in Ornaisons. Jean-Pierre Ajac lives in this small village in the Corbières at the foot of the Fondfroide massif. Having become the owner of Château d'Ornaisons and Domaine de La Cendrillon, the family has established itself as an entrepreneurial family. They fear neither the risks nor the difficulties of the wine crises
caused by phylloxera.

In 1850, Pierre-Hyppolyte Ajac, who combined the exploitation of gypsum quarries in the Payral hills with the exploitation of the vineyard, gave

the estate a new lease of life. In

1904, his granddaughter, Marie-Blanche, heiress to the estate, married Louis-Ulysse Joyeux, Officer, with whom

she had four sons. She

remained a widow after the tragic death of her husband at the front in August 1914 when he was at the head of her Company in Lorraine, this young woman energetically exploited the estate with the objective of

passing

it

on to her sons.

Thus, one of them, René, Surgeon and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier, will persevere in promoting the estate with the aim of preserving and passing on this family heritage to one or other of

his ten children.

Robert, surrounded by his wife and eight children, decided in 2005 to take over this family estate along with an international career in

the industry. This is

how the development of Domaine de La

Cendrillon continues today

with the seventh generation, Robert and Geneviève Joyeux, current representatives of the lineage

. At the

beginning of the 2000s, Robert Joyeux launched a major renovation programme, in line with his ambitions: to produce fine and elegant grands crus that express the complexity and variety of the

terroirs.

Since 2011, Robert and Geneviève Joyeux have been working full-time on their family estate. They are mobilizing for the development of Domaine de La Cendrillon knowing that the next generation will be assured: Their children, five girls and three boys are already exercising their critical thinking skills with the same ambition to strive for

excellence.

La Cendrillon, in the heart of the Corbières, is indeed a terroir but also a

know-how.

Other little stories

La Cendrillon is the name of a locality located in the commune of Ornaisons, near Narbonne, in Occitan territory.
This name is rooted in the mists of time. It refers to an old inn located since time immemorial along the Roman road, the Aquitania. This route linked Narbonne to Toulouse and crossed the Orbieu, a river with a whimsical course, very
close to the Domaine.

In the fifth century, Sidoine Apollinaire, son-in-law of the Roman emperor of the West, Avitus, made many trips to the surroundings of La Cendrillon.

In

a letter dated 479 AD, he praised its beauty, the order of the baths, colonnades, olive groves and above all the quality of

the vineyards. Over the

centuries, the Château d'Ornaisons and La Cendrillon lived the grandeur and decadence of the Roman Empire

, the

magnificence of the king of the Visigoths, Theodoric the Great, the Saracen raids of the 7th and 8th centuries, the epic rides of the Carolingian Count, Guilhem of Gellone, the fall and misfortunes of Bernard Trencavel, Viscount of Beziers, taken into the Cathar turmoil and crushed by the

Albigensian

crusade

. It was

only in the 13th century that Ornaisons, its castle and village, entered the kingdom of

France.

Like the old Roman cities, until the revolution, the town of Ornaisons was ruled by two

elected

consuls

.

One of them, Jean-Pierre Ajac, was the ancestor of Robert Joyeux.

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