The Malavieille property was given by Monsieur De Thémine to his farmer Flucran Reynes when he had to flee the country for Lousiana in 1793 to escape the French Revolution. Fulcran and his wife Zénobie challenged this unwelcoming soil to cultivate the vineyard. Later, they handed it down to their grand-daughter Cécile Vigné, married to Monsieur Lacas. She had to fight against phylloxera. The current owner is her descendant, Mireille Lacas-Bertrand whose her goal is to make a type of wine which honours the land it is made from. At the same time, the Bertrand family run and make wine on the Saint Saturnin de Lucian and Montpeyroux vineyards. The latter was created by Juliette, Monsieur Bertrand’s grandmother who, after WWI grafted the Carignan Bleu which is still cultivated today out of respect for Juliette’s courage and self-abnegation.
We are convinced it is necessary to produce robust wines and feel concerned about being in harmony with the laws of "alive". That's why we were granted the "Agriculture Bio" label for organic farming (AB) and the "Demeter" one for biodynamic agriculture.
These certificates were obtained in 2003 by Quality France for the AB label and in 2005 for the international Demeter one.
Description of the wines:
The 17 grape varieties of the property offer a wide range of aromas and subtle bodies.
White grape varieties:
- Grenache, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Viognier, Roussane, Vermentino, Chenin, Terret Bourret, Carignan blanc, Petit Manseng.
Red grape varieties:
- Carignan : 60-to-90-year-old vine plant,
- Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Portan, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
All the grape varieties grow on the soils of the Languedoc region, only the old ones can benefit from the AOP label (French top quality wines). As for the others , they will be assembled in a special reserve called Pays d'Oc - IGP (Protected Geographical Indication).