DEVOIS DES AGNEAUX, ONCE HOME TO THE KNIGHTS’ TEMPLAR
At the top of the Aumelas plateau, it took several years of hard graft to clear a few hectares of scrubland and gradually extend the vineyards at Devois des Agneaux. The neighbouring building to Mas de Lunès, the Templars settled here in the 12th Century, growing vines and rearing sheep. The term “Devois” actually means a pasture in Occitan, which you had to have permission to use. The former Medieval sheep pen, converted into a cellar by Brigitte and Elisabeth Jeanjean, is now the perfect setting for careful barrel ageing of the estate’s wines. Concerned about implementing environmentally friendly grape-growing, the whole vineyard has been certified organic since 2013.
THE ROCKY MOUND WITH A LANGUEDOC ACCENT
Far from the madding crowd, the Devois des Agneaux vineyard is planted on stunning hard limestone hillsides. The vines literally grow in the rock, naturally limiting yields and giving intense, concentrated and spicy wines. With the vineyard lying at 200 metres above sea level and facing it, the estate enjoys cool nights. This contrast in temperature with sometimes very hot days in summer helps the grapes to ripen evenly.
To maximise this outstanding wine-land, high quality red varieties suited to these Mediterranean conditions were selected, such as Syrah and Grenache. The Devois des Agneaux wines are the result of a blend of these, unmistakeably Languedoc.
Shattered limestone from the Jurassic era from the sea.
White : Roussanne, Vermentino, Marsanne
Red : Syrah, Grenache noir, Carignan
Pepper, garrigue and structure / Fresh fruit, cinnamon and rounded