The Domaine Lefebvre d'Anselme winery is located about 30 kilometers north of Avignon and 20 minutes west of Châteauneuf. It has existed for several generations, but has only been managed by the Lefebvre d'Anselme family for two generations. It was previously in the care of tenants.
Grandfather Bernard Lefebvre was the first real winemaker in the family and passed on the passion for wine and viticulture to his son Louis, who - how could it be otherwise - fell in love with the wine-loving Béatrice d'Anselme, with whom he ran the Domaine Lefebvre d 'Anselme farmed.
And the offspring is already ready: their youngest son Marin shares the parental passion and is determined to join the family business soon. He is currently doing an internship with us and enriches the team with his profound knowledge of wine, especially of course about the Côtes du Rhône, his home region.
"For me, wine is a very noble product, full of life. It is a product of nature and the result of the work of people. What must never be forgotten is that man does not control nature. Rather, he cooperates with soil, Climate and vines. The wine that results from this cooperation expresses the relationship of the winemaker to his vineyard. The winemaker does not create the wine - he processes what nature gives him and transforms it into wine. To achieve healthy, juicy and In order to be able to harvest aromatic grapes, the winemaker must observe nature very closely and try to understand it. This is much more important and correct than the use of artificial additives. A winemaker who works with many artificial tools degrades himself to a chemist the profession of winemaker is incredibly fascinating: it is very versatile and requires a high degree of adaptability, patience and attention - and not just at work f the vineyard, but also in all subsequent steps of vinification and aging. It's not for nothing that my parents often talk about their tears as if they were their children!"
The result of the attentive, patient and loving work of the Lefebvre d'Anselme family has convinced us so much that we have included their two cuvées "Carpe Diem" and "Trilogie" in our program, two wines that are best enjoyed with loved ones enjoying a good meal. This is exactly what Marin says:
“When we eat together, social relationships and bonds are formed. Our relationship with one another can only be improved and strengthened through a shared meal. And that includes a good wine."
At Lefebvre d'Anselme, respect for the land and the wine is paramount. For this reason, the use of pesticides is largely avoided. The grass and weeds between the vineyards are removed once a year by goats and sheep, who at the same time nourish the soil with natural fertilizer. The harvest is mostly manual. If necessary, a first selection can take place during the harvest.
In red wine production, the grapes remain completely intact until cask filling, when they undergo the carbonic maceration that allows for wines with a pronounced fruit. All of the Domaine wines are fermented without the addition of yeast. The expansion takes place in cement tanks, the bottling without filtration with only light sulphurization. As a result, it can happen that a depot settles at the bottom of the bottle.
The white wines are made by direct pressing, the rosé wines by the saignée method. The expansion takes place in tanks. After filtration, bottling follows in the spring with the addition of a little sulphur. In this way they retain their clear robe and freshness.
We want to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to have this prospective young winemaker and representative of the domaine in our house and therefore cordially invite you to a small, unscheduled tasting of the cuvées "Carpe Diem" and "Trilogie" on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 . Marin will serve his wines, tell you a few things about them and will certainly give a few tips on which foods, especially which cheeses, the wines go well with. An enjoyable afternoon awaits us!
What: Tasting of the "Carpe Diem" and "Trilogie" cuvées from Domaine Lefebvre d'Anselme (Côtes du Rhône)
When: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m., in addition to regular sales
Where: Maître Philippe & Filles, Emser Str. 42, 10719 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
The tasting takes place in a very informal way alongside the regular sale. As always, registration is not required, just drop by, we look forward to seeing you!