Clos Bagatelle is a family domain, and has been so for many generations. Today the current generations of the Deluze family are reaping the benefits of much work carried out over the years from the establishment of the "clos" in the early 17th Century (a "Clos" is essentially a walled vineyard) to the renovations of the domain carried out in the 1960's, as well as the more recent extending of the domain to encompass different terroirs.
Today the vineyard extends to about 60 ha, split between the two most important soil types in the appellation, i.e. the limestone and clay soils found closer to Saint Chinian, and the schist soils to the north and west. The domain makes wines that show off the different characteristics of these soil types, with the Donadieu wines made from grapes grown on the schist, and the Clos Bagatelle wines made from grapes grown on the limestone soils.
The domain spends a lot of time and effort on the cultivation of top quality fruit, and they are currently converting to organic viticulture. Yields are low, partly due to careful and hard pruning, but also due to the significant number of old vines they have, with some over 100 years old.
The domain produces wine across the quality range, from the relatively simple, but never boring Quatre Vents range of IGT/Vin de Pays wines, through complex mid-range Appellation wines to super-premium wines that are some of the best the region has to offer. The domain is widely recognised for its excellence, with numerous medals and trophies won in France and overseas, most notably they have won a "Decanter International Trophy" in each of the last three competitions, i.e. years, 2009 to 2011.
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