Murviel les Montpellier is a small Medieval village situated northwest of Montpellier on the St Georges terroir. There, in the hearland of Appellation Coteaux du Languedoc, Damien Coste, a young representative of the new generation of winegrowers, manages the 20 ha of vineyards of his domain with passion.
Particularity of the Domain
Grape harvest is spread over 5 months from 25 August to mid December, sometimes later like in January 1996. These efforts give red wines in the tradition of the terroir and original and atypical white wines.
The choise of the name “Belles Pierres”?
Our vineyard is situated in Murviel les Montpellier (meaning “old wall” in the region’s medieval language) on stony hillsides. The majority of the plots are surrounded by dry-stone walls, called “clapas”, left by generations of winegrowers who, over the centuries, have built them up stone by stone.
Murviel, with its 12th century fortified church was the summer residence of the bishops of Maguelonne. It is located next to an important Gallo-Roman city, “Oppidum” whose stony ramparts, mosaiques and remains excavated so far, give evidence of its prestigious past but also of the significant part played by vine and wine in the civilisations that have followed.
History of the Domain
1989: Damien Coste started working as a member of the Murviel cooperative at the side of his father, Joseph Coste, also member of the cooperative cellar.
1989: First micro-vinification by Joseph Coste who created Domaine des Clauzes, thus reviving the family tradition after 50 years of cooperation.
1992: Domaine Belles Pierres was created: first micro-vinification by Damien Coste: Cuvee Mosaique Was launched with 3000 bottles of red and rose wines. The two estates Belle Pierre (Damien) and Les Clauzes (Joseph) will share the same cellar until 1998.
1994: Damien partly withdrew from the cooperative cellar. First vinification in barrel and creation of two wines
- A white AOC Coteaux du Languedoc a blend of Roussane, Viognier, and Grenache Blanc.
- Passidore: a sweet wine, sourced from the very first harvest of Petit Manseng, a variety imported from Jurançon and planted by Damien in 1992.
1996: Involuntary creation of cuvee Ineptie, a white table wine. The domain began to be recognized and reached some notoriety thanks to its three white wines.
1998: Creation of cuvees Les Clauzes de Jo in red and white:
- Dedicated to the AOC white elaborated in barrel since 1994, which at last was given a name.
- Purchase of a destemmer allowing long macerations for the reds, to elaborate highly expressive reds of character.
- Creation of Cuvee Chant des Ames, AOC Terroir St Georges red wine.