The Estate spreads over 24 hectares (60 acres) of vines planted on schiste soils.
Our vineyard is characterized by a high proportion of Carignan, the fundamental grape variety used in the wines of our appellation and more generally in Languedoc Roussillon wines. This variety, often maligned in the past, allow great wines to be produced on dry and sunny hillsides - wines that are powerful, generous and true to their terroir of origin.
For this reason our family has, from generation to generation, focused its particular attention on cultivating this variety. Many vines are more than 60 years old - some are more than 100 years old.
Another variety that we especially use is Mourvèdre. It brings character and fine aromas of leather, pepper and blackcurrent. It has remarkable aging potential.
The vineyard is fully plowed several times a year, either in a single direction or both directions if the spacing is sufficient. This aerates the soil properly and allows microbial life to develop. The vines are mainly trained in traditional manner and short, 90% trained in goblets (no wires). This allows them to mature better, considering our shale-based soils, and allows us to better control the yields. This pruning also allows better foliar exposure and therefore an optimal concentration.
The harvest is entirely done manually and sorted in the vineyard. Average yields are between 20 and 30 Ho / Ha.
Sorting in the vineyard rather than on a sorting table is guided by a our winemaking approach that consists of making wine from grapes that do have the optimal quality.
Anxious to preserve the environment and its biodiversity, the Mas des Capitelles started to evolve to organic farming on March 17 2008, which led finally in 2011 to our first certified AB-certified harvest. As a result the domain uses only products that are certified for organic farming, with no weedkillers and using only only organic fertilizers for soil enhancement.
Treatment is done mostly with sulfur and copper-based products (less than 4 kg / year / Ha). Our domain is certified by the “Bureau Veritas” organization.
Our vineyard is also cultivated using Biodynamics according to the methods of Rudolf Steiner, based on 500, 501 solutions and herbal preparations.
Horn dung 500, once energized, is buried in the soil to allow the development of microbial life and exchanges between the soil and the plant.
The horn silica 501, when it is applied to the aerial parts of the vine.
We also use different decotions of horsetail, nettle, wicker... that protect the vines from various fungal diseases.
This type of method of cultivation corresponds to a certain idea of viticulture, to be in harmony with nature, with living things and the different life cycles of the plant. The goal is to recreate a harmony between the soil, plants and humans. This ancestral working method is the same as our grandparents used.
It is based on observing and listening to Nature. Simple things, which were the basis of our work, but that unfortunately over time farmers have replaced with another kind of agriculture based on “more and more yield” and where the environment, common sense and quality do not have their say.
True to our philosophy, we intervene as little as possible during the aging to preserve the aromas and typicality to the terroir. That is why we do not intervene on the temperatures of our wines during vinification by heating or cooling the soft grapes. We also do not filter the wines and we sulphate as little a possible during fermentation so they can age and become refined over time under the right conditions.
To ensure the correct balance, our wines are vatted for a minimum of one year to develop their typical characteristics and aromas. Our domain also gradually expands its aging cellars from year to year, its as evidenced by our Vielles Vignes, Loris and Collection vintages.
The concern for quality, the winemaker’s approach and a strict fermentation in the cellars are proof of the quality of the products sold at the domain.