'L’Echappée Belle' translates to 'The Great Escape.' 70% of the base wine comes from the village of Grauves, known for its cooler microclimate. The vineyards were planted by Etienne’s grandparents, who are both from Grauves. Beginning in 2011, Etienne has kept a perpetual reserve just for this cuvée, and 30% of the final blend of 'L’Echappée Belle' is produced with reserve wine.
Blend of parcels from Grauves, Avize, and Bisseuil.
Clay-limestone (Grauves, Avize) / Chalk (Bisseuil)
Vines planted in1980s, 1990s
Vineyard size2.05 ha
Fruit is direct pressed and fermented with native yeasts mostly in stainless steel tanks, with 25% done in 300-600L barrels. 38 mg/L of SO2 used at press.
ElevagePost-malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in a combination of tank and barrel on its fine lees for 7 months prior to bottling. The wine is then aged for 18-24 months in bottle before disgorgement.
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Total production average15,000 bottles
UPC Code Bottle046139084702