I wanted to create wines that reflect the place and its people, that tells a story of the Roussillon, that demonstrates its greatness. Immortelle as a concept began in 2014 but its origins trace back hundreds of years.Liam Steevenson Master of Wine
The vineyards are spread across 40 hectares of the Agly Valley, 20km north of Perpignan. They have been planted and developed for four generations, by the Bousquet family, with three generations still involved today; the grandfather, his son Franck and his son Benoit.
Wines that are elegant and well balanced
Immortelle is the realisation of a dream of Master of Wine Liam Steevenson. To create world class wines from ancient vineyards, using techniques not changed through the ages. To create a wine that reflects the place and its people, that tells a story of the Roussillon and demonstrates its greatness.
The vineyards of the Agly Valley in the heart of the Roussillon are some of France’s most revered. The steep valley is carpeted with ancient vineyards, 100-year-old vines being the norm rather than the exception. This part of the Roussillon has the largest number of old vines in France, thanks to the courage of the older generation. They have been tending these ribes (terraces on steep slopes) all their lives – planting, grafting, ploughing with horses and working with the bigo, the traditional two-pronged tool.
We work the Bousquet family to produce Immortelle, they have been making wine in the Estagel for seven generations. Benoit Bousquet runs the day-to-day winemaking of Immortelle with a team largely made up of family members. The Bousquet’s are a key family in the town and play a role in its winemaking. Their knowledge of the region is incredible, understanding the vineyards and the area’s potential probably better than anyone else. With a background in viticulture, the quality of the fruit will always be of primary importance to Benoit and his team. Their winemaking is very simple and hands on in its approach.
World class wines from ancient vineyards
After six years of working with the ancient vineyards from which we make Immortelle, we realised that there is one that consistently delivers exceptional fruit. Alongside the Bousquet family, we wanted to make an outstanding wine which exhibited this uncommon quality; this was the inspiration for ‘Le Casot’.
A fortified wine with deep red fruit aromas, accompanied by a hint of sweet cooking spices.
A refreshing wine with gentle, smoky notes of citrus, pear, white peach and white flowers.
A well balanced, fresh wine that beautifully showcases the land where it was grown.
An incredibly fascinating wine, with complex aromas of spice and clove.