Domaine Belles Pierres
Domaine Belles Pierres is located in the village of Murviel les Montpellier, in the terroir of Saint Georges d’Orques in the Languedoc. Owner and winemaker Damien Coste continues the tradition of his father Joseph (“Jo”), with high quality, small production Rhône-style wines made entirely from handpicked grapes. The 20 hectares of vineyards are set on rolling hills with silica-rich limestone and marl soils, and are influenced by the nearby Mediterranean. It is said the wines of Saint Georges d’Orques were the favorite of Thomas Jefferson; more recently the wines of Domaine Belles Pierres have been enjoyed by French presidents and visiting dignitaries, and are stocked in the cellar of the Élysée Palace.
“We chanced upon Domaine Belles Pierres on a summer drive in the Languedoc. Without a map and deciding on a whim whether to make left or right turns, we ended up driving by the winery and decided to stop in. We couldn’t believe our luck as the wines were truly delicious. Thanks to this chance encounter we are able to introduce the wines of Domaine Belles Pierres to the United States for the first time.” — Robin
Les Clauzes de Jo Rosé
50% Mourvedre and 50% Cinsault, aged 6 months in French oak barrels.
Chant des Âmes White
60% Roussanne and 40% Viognier, aged 18 months in French oak barrels.
Chant des Âmes Red
50% Syrah and 50% Mourvedre, aged 18 months in French oak barrels.
Land and Grape Growing:
The 20 hectares of vineyards are on two main types of soils. Limestone clay soils on the Murviel plateau have alternating layers of siliceous limestone and marl, containing enough organic matter and water for the vines and have capacity for storing heat. Chert limestone soils on the hillside are rich in silica and contain iron, giving the soil a red color. These soils have good drainage and remain cool in the deep layers.