Domaine Sainte Marie des Crozes
Creative spirit and innovation of elegant wines
In the Alias family, being a winegrower is passed down from generation to generation. This is how Jean, Hector and Hervé, sons of the land, devoted themselves to the vineyard out of habit and by inheritance, as did all Languedocians, while living from another activity. In 1997, Bernard Alias, the current owner, in turn inherited the property from Douzens. In 2012, their youngest daughter Christelle, after a short tour of the world of winemaking, made a place for herself within this tribe of winegrowers and proudly claimed her place as the family’s first female winegrower.
The classification, grape varieties and terrain
Domaine Sainte Marie des Crozes in Douzens is located in the Alaric terroir, the northernmost terroir of the Corbières. Alaric is a mountain that stretches between Carcassonne and Lézignan. It was Alaric II, king of the Visigoths who gave it its name. It is said that he buried his treasure there. Its soft and elongated shape draws our horizon. Along its entire length, it streaks the landscape of limestone folds in a succession of rocky bands and stony terraces. At the crossroads of Mediterranean and oceanic influences, the Alaric terroir climate is sunny, dry and hot. Wineyard’s vines are planted on the mountainside, on clay-limestone slopes surrounded by scrubland which gives our wines the scents of thyme and hawthorn.
Domaine Sainte Marie des Crozes, in Douzens in Languedoc, believe in an energy deployed with respect for land and environment, through organic farming and the control of added products. The family works in a creative spirit to innovate and always go further in research, the love of the profession transmitted in an elegant and friendly inspired wine. Each step is guided by the pleasure of sharing their passion with generosity and simplicity. The family cultivate their land respecting the flora and fauna and this in the context of the organic farming approach for which they have been certified since 2014, after having been in sustainable agriculture for 10 years.
Since 2018, the family has been using Biodynamic methods, the DEMETER label embodies this action.