Domaine des Maravilhas, Jean-Frédéric Bistagne

France, Rhône, Lirac

 
 

Biodynamic


The Domaine des Maravilhas lies in St-Laurent des Arbres next to the village of Roquemaure in the Gard department. It faces the Châteauneuf-du-Pape valley in the heart of Lirac and Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun appellations.  The domaine is comprised of a total surface area of 16ha, about 8ha in the CDRV Laudun appellation and 8ha in Lirac appellation.  The plots of are located on the ancient Villafranchian Rhône alluvial terraces of the Rhône river.  These terraces are formed by rounded flint pebbles and red clay lying on a bed of sand and forming an ‘ocean of stone where no earth is to be seen’.   Jean-Frédéric Bistagne in Lirac/Laudun took over most of the vines of Domaine Duseigneur and has a completely different approach to wine-making from the former owner.  Bistagne partnered with the older Duseigneur brother, Frederic Duseigneur, and now works everything biodynamically.  The result of this new proprietorship and wine-making style is wines that are very pure, terroir-driven and focused.  Farming has been done exclusively organic since the creation of the vineyard in the late 60s.  It was officially organic certified in 1992, then certified biodynamic in 2002.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Lirac Pradau Rosé 90% Cinsault, 10% Syrah Average 40 years Rolled pebbles and sand on clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun Maestral Blanc 95% Clairette, 5% Grenache blanc Average 35 years Rolled pebbles and sand on clay-limestone Biodynamic
Vin de France Alice Cinsualt Average 40 years Rolled pebbles on clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun Bessalena Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault Average 30 years Rolled pebbles on clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Laudun Maestral Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah Average 30 years Rolled pebbles and sand on clay-limestone Biodynamic
Lirac Pradau Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault Average 40 years Rolled pebbles and sand on clay-limestone Biodynamic