Having left his activity as a négoce, in 1989 Jean-Paul Henriquès bought a property near the village of Millas with an unbeatableview (from the plain of Perpignan, with the sea stretching to the horizon to the peak of Canigou). Like a lot of the domaines in the region, this had been dedicated to the production of vins doux naturels. Seized by passion for the place and its vineyards, the new owner change it over and decided to produce wines there arising out of different ambitions, above all reds with the appellation Côtes du Roussillon-Villages.
So he replanted the hillsides and plateaux that make up the property, in Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a view to thoroughly distinguish among the types of terroirs, which range from 100 to 450 metres above sea level. Among the existing vines he retained only the Malvoisie, a variety for which he has an affection, as well as the old grenache and carignan vines.
He optimizes the 40 hectares in production by elaborating three cuvées corresponding to the general soil types. To best realize his objectives the cellar was equipped with the correct tools (stainless steel tanks, pneumatic press, etc.). Since last year there has been a sorting table. Now that it's become too small the barrel cellar will be reconstructed with an eye to its relation with the reception area for the harvested grapes.
Off to the left, the schist slope situated at the highest altitude and devoted to Syrah permitted the beacon cuvée of the Domaine, Les Hauts de Força Réal (70% Syrah), to succeed. With flavors of vanilla, grilled meats, and toast, today it expresses best its beautiful maturation in new wood. Behind these pointers, the wine brings a superb and generous body, with allure and finesse.
The other remarkable wine, Domaine Força Réal, equally deriving from soils of schist, issues, for its part, from grenache (70%). At first easier, it presents a similar character, always with distinction, and a potential which reveals itself in a firm and juicy finish.