The wine cellar is the wizard’s den. Here we don’t manipulate, perform tricks or meddle with the wine as the old southern winegrowers would say. No black magic, no alchemic transmutation! Just a profound, stubborn desire to reveal in the wine vat – this cauldron where the heart of the wine beats – the real nature of Borie de Maurel. In the glass blast these powerful aromas of liquorice, violet and truffles. Let the velvet, silkiness of the wine – this humanised energy, born in the grape from the meeting of the earth and the sky – fill your body. As this friendly liquid with all its fruit, mixes in your bloodstream it makes you feel as if you already know this harmony, it is already inside you.
Here you find yourself at the heart of one of the most astonishing wine producing lands in the world, La Livinière, the first of the appellation village of the Minervois and the Languedoc. Here you are in Felines Minervois, at the gateway to Borie de Maurel, on the land of the Escande family. Whether you know the wine domain or not you will always be made to feel at home. Take the time to discover the Mediterranean countryside, the arid scrub lands and bush covered heaths that surround our vines.
Even if Borie de Maurel has become a large wine estate, with 35 hectares of vines in production and as much land again in garrigues and maquis, everything has stayed the same as the first day. In Felines, Mondovino, International capital, the stock exchange… are unknown: here everything happens like a family.
Michel Escande, assisted by Paco Guiterrez Ortega, deals with the vines and the wine cellar whereas Sylvie et Marie-Agnès Laleman assure a welcome at the domain. They also deal with the management and commercial side of the business. Since 2001, Sylvie and Michel’s oldest son Gabriel has joined the team, and has already launched his first bottle, Nature!. Of course, at Borie de Maurel, all work on the wine is performed manually. The grape picking is carried out in the “traditional” manner, at least 15 days later than neighbouring farms and villages, in order to have perfectly ripe grapes.