Clos des Fées is one of the most famous and respected producers in Roussillon. Indeed, it is probably THE domain that has contributed most to improve the reputation of this region.
Its story is quite amazing: After owning a wine bar in Paris and working a few years as a wine journalist, Hervé Bizeul, a former “France’s Best Young Sommelier”, founded the Clos des Fées in 1998 with his wife. His idea was to produce a good wine for friends. The first vintage, created in his garage with very little investments, was a huge success immediately. Today, his wines are sold worldwide, and the domain has become so famous that the high-end cuvée, the “Petite Sibérie”
The vines span accross a number of differing terroirs accross the Roussillon, as much as 15 km apart from each other, the varying exposures and myriad of subsoils from granite to limestone make for a thoroughly unique and consistent quality. Old vines ( up to 100 years old in some sectors) hand picking, a viticultural philosophy that is respectful to nature and careful vinification are all ley to the extreme heights of quality that the wines can hit. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris make up the majority of the plantings. The wines are aged in oak barriques for at least a year and are bottled without filtration. Hervé has succeeded in establishing these as some of the most sought-after wines in Southern France.