Domaine Belles Pierres
Murviel Montpellier is a small medieval village northwest of the city of Montpellier , on the St Georges terroir, in the heart of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, an area known for its high quality wines. The very stony vineyard of Domaine Belles Pierres is only 15 ha in size and is managed, with great passion, by Damien and Monica Coste. The vines, ranging in age from 10 - 40 years old, are hand harvested in the mornings to keep them cool and transported in 30-40 kilo boxes to the winery to keep them fresh and avoid oxidation. The white wine, made from roussane and viognier, is aged is French oak (20% new) for 3 months, while the red is a blend of syrah, carignan and grenache in which only the syrah is aged in oak barrels for 18 months, allowing the spicy oak characteristics to develop without overpowering the intensely fruity nose. Damien Coste followed the path set by his father Joseph and started the vineyard in its 'medieval' setting soon after marrying Monica in 1989, with the first vintage taking place in 1992. Their great passion and enthusiasm has seen them go from strength to strength, now winning over the palates of the UK's top critics, including Jancis Robinson, who has described their wines as 'both powerful and exciting' in her column.