MyWineDeal is offering the 2004 and 2009 Domaine Combe Blanche ‘La Chandeliere’. A great way to experience how the aging process and vintage can play a factor in wine. These wines are only produced in the best years of limited quantities, and we are lucky enough to offer these two great vintages, which you will love.
Where are you located, do you have a tasting room?
We are located in the town of La Liviniere located at the base of the Montagne Noir about 30 miles inland from the Mediterranean. We have a small tasting room to receive visitors by appointment.
Do you come from a winemaking family? If not, what drew you to winemaking?
I’m originally from Belgium where I worked as a school teacher. I moved to the Languedoc about thirty years ago drawn by the beauty of the region and my desire to create a new life as a vigneron.
How long have you been making wine?
I’ve been a vineyard owner since 1981 but started making my own wines about 12 years ago.
Where do you source your grapes?
All of my vineyards are at an elevation of about 300-500 feet in the Montagne Noir. Here they benefit from cool nighttime temperatures which slows the ripening process.
How would describe your winemaking style?
Most of my work is done in the vineyards. The most import part is deciding on a harvest date. We want to make sure that are wines are balanced and not too ripe. We use oak barrels to age wines but limit the amount of new oak.
For white wine grapes we grow Viognier and Roussanne. We also Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Pinot noir. I was also one of the first to plant Tempranillo in the Languedoc.
Has your wine won any awards?
Jancis Robinson the British journalist was rated our 2009 La Chandeliere as her favorite wine in a blind tasting of Languedoc wines. We also received excellent reviews from Wine Enthusiast, La Review du Vin de France and Decanter.
What is one thing about this wine you want to share with MWD customers?
It’s our “grand vin” made in limited quantities and only in the best vintages that’s both powerfull and nuanced.
If you could describe your wine in one sentence, what would it be?
It’s a rich and full bodied wine with a complex aromas of blackberry, cherry, cedar and pepper.