2004 Champs Des Soeurs Fitou Bel Amant
"The fruit for this wine is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. Traditional vinification practices are employed: The fruit is destemmed, the wine undergoes a long cuvaison (at least one month), and malolactic fermentation occurs in steel vats. The wine was cellared for at least 12 months in tank before bottling. This name comes from Marie Valette's family (Marie Valette and Laurent Maynadier are the owners, growers and wine makers at Champs des Soeurs, and Marie is an enologist). Apparently a couple of centuries ago one of the original family names was Belaman, which came from a 'lieu dit', at that time attached to the name of the proprietors of the land. The name seems to have vanished from the family lineage simply through marriage. Marie's family has kept the name alive from generation to generation in family writings and stories. Laurent and Marie, who were married in 2005, recently decided to slightly modify the name and keep it alive through this cuvee of Fitou."