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From Matt Kramer in Wine Spectator - July 3, 2012

"...Anyway, I'm tasting through the array and come upon a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from a winery in the new Coombsville AVA, called Le Chanceux. Heard of it? Me neither. And why should we have? This microwinery produces only 200 cases, total. I taste their 2008 and … zing! "

Belles Filles Vineyard is located in Napa Valley in the rolling benchlands of the Coombsville AVA. There is probably no other wine grape variety that better reflects the place from which it comes than Cabernet Sauvignon. Soil, geographic orientation and climate all contribute to a vineyards "terroir," and the Cabernet Sauvignon grape provides the perfect structure upon which these distinct characteristics can emerge. The geographical location and terrain of Coombsville has unique microclimates which provide a long growing season where grapes develop a supurb range of flavors with extended hang time. The "Cabs" from this area tend to lean more toward Bordeaux style wines than the rest of the valley.

Le Chanceux is family owned and operated with a small production of approximately 200 cases annually. Every vintage is unique and carefully nurtured along on the vines until optimum quality is reached. Our small batches are hand crafted with minimal intervention and maximum attention and are aged in French oak barrels (30% new, 70% 1 yr. vintage barrels) for 24 months .Each vintage is then aged an additional two years in the bottle before release.

In 2014, the importance of offering other varietals to our customers became a priority. One barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon is now reserved annually to make a “Melange”, or red blend. Each blend varies based on the percentage of Bordeaux varietals added.

Additionally, one barrel of Rosé Wine is made annually from one half ton of Cabernet grapes and processed by a classic French method called “pigeage”. A process particularly used for making the world’s finest red wines, the grapes are stomped down in open vats by foot.

Lastly, one ton of Sauvignon Blanc grapes are Harvested annually from Rutherford in Napa Valley. Two barrels are produced each Spring for those who enjoy a light, citrusy white wine.

Great pride is obvious in these newly added varietals.