Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Domaine de Magellan gains AOC recognition - September 2009

Bruno Lafon and his sister-in-law Sylvie Legros travelled all around Languedoc-Roussillon in search of a wine estate with a great terroir and a vineyard in good condition. In early 1999, they found a property in the village of Magalas with great potential.

The domaine has 42 hectares of vines (with thirteen different grape varieties) on two hills that offer a magnificent view of the region. The two hills have two very different and great 'terroirs' - one is clay and pebbles and the other sandstone.

Bruno's family own the Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy and these burgundy roots influenced the early years of Magellan, i.e. one terroir, one wine. However, much careful experimentation has convinced them that they should move away from these influences and produce wine that is typically of the South.
The wines that now best represent the domaine are carefully blended using different terroirs and grape varities.
With great respect to the environment and their vines, no weed-killers, sythentic chemicals or excessive use of machinery are used. All pruning of the vines and picking of the grapes is done by hand to preserve the quality. The wines are made simply, without technology and added yeasts. The result is a wine that is smooth, balanced and both fine and structured.

Their enthusiasm, hardwork and dedication have paid off as the domaine has been awarded the much prized AOC this year (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are allowed and links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made.

For further information please feel free to contact the website or Sylvie (who speaks excellent English) on +33 (0)4 67 36 20 83 or email her on

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