Domaine Les Grands Bois

Marc and Mireille Besnardeau
55, Avenue Jean Jaurè, 84290 Sainte Cecile les Vignes
Tel. +33
490 308 186
Direct sale: Monday - Saturday: 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.30


The domain was established in 1929 by Albert Farjon. Mireille Besnardeau is a descendant of him. She and her husband became owners in 1994. At that time all the production was sold to negociant but from 1997 the first bottling of wine  was made and the next year new cellars were established and some fields were replanted with Syrah and Mourvedre. In 1998 was bought vineyards in Rasteau and Cairanne
The domain covers today a total of 47 ha with vineyards spread in seven communes, Sainte Cécile les Vignes, Lagarde-Paréol, Suze la Rousse, Tulette, Cairanne, Rasteau and Travaillan.
3/4 of the fields were planted before 1950, some vines were planted in 1902.
Since 2011 the vineyards are certified agriculture biologique.

(Philippine, Gabrielle and Eloïse are the daughters of the owners and the use of the cuvée-names may change by the vintages)

Rasteau Marc
50% Grenache, 25 % Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah. 
Young vines - 17 years in 2016. Aged in demi-muids for about 11 months. 

Cairanne Maximilien
50% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah.

Cairanne Eloïse
50% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah. 
Aged in barriques for 11 months.

Cairanne Blanc Malorie
50% Viognier and 50% Roussanne. 
50% is fermented and aged in barriques for 11 months.

Cotes du Rhone Village Sainte Cécile
60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. 

Cotes du Rhone Villages Gabrielle (Sainte Cécile?)
60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. 
Aged in barriques for 11 months. 

Cotes du Rhone Les Trois Sœurs
65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Carignan

Cotes du Rhone Rosé Les Trois Sœurs
60% Grenache and 40% Carignan. Carignan press direct.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Les Trois Sœurs
100% Viognier.

Marc and Mireille Besnardeau. Photo:
The couple have for years been leading figures in the movement to 
create a new appellation, Cotes du Rhone Village Saint Cécile.

Photo from the cellar during harvest 2016

The family at Fète du Vin in Cairanne July 2013. In the middle the daughter Phillippine who has joint her parents at the domain in 2015



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Updated 17-10-2019