Traditionally the hunting grounds of the Duc de Montmorency in the 17th century, we can trace the domaine’s origins back to the Napoleonic maps. Vineyards have been planted on Sainte Cécile’s terraces for over a century. The land lies at the foot of the Cevennes mountain range to the North. The winery is located in the very heart of the domaine, encircled by most of the vine plots and from the roof terrace we can see the tip of the steeple of the Pézenas Church 2 km to the South.
From 2005 to date, we embarked upon a major restructuring of the domaine.
Our first objective was to obtain maximum vineyard balance and thereby obtain the highest wine quality that the site could deliver. We reviewed the estate design in order to update the vines and improve viticultural techniques. We conducted a soil survey in order to determine the nature of the underlying layers and their micro-floral and organic composition. Consequently, 6 hectares (15 acres) of vines were removed and replanted with 4 different grape varieties :
- Cabernet Franc (3.5 hectares / 15 acres)
- Merlot (0.6 hectares / 1.5 acres)
- Grenache Noir (0.6 hectares / 1.5 acres)
- Sauvignon Blanc (0.5 hectares / 1.35 acres)
Given the nature of our soil, this has enabled us to obtain an optimal balance between the vine’s root system and its canopy. The reduced distance between the rows has also helped to improve the canopy microclimate, by providing both shade in our sun-drenched climate and windbreak action.