Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian is one of the oldest estates in the Languedoc and now a benchmark amongst French wines. It covers 32 hectares round Pézenas which was officially designated an appellation on 29 April 2007. The terroir was thus classified as “grand cru”, the top of the new three-level ranking of Languedoc AOC wines.
Bébian land was planted with vines as early as the Roman times.
The history of Bébian has been closely tied up for centuries with Pézenas, a town of art, culture and wine. Known as the “Versailles of the Languedoc”, Pézenas is still home to many craft workshops which line its streets alongside magnificent town mansions. It is an extremely lively place and all year long its old stones echo to the sound of the festivals, concerts and plays held here.
Bébian’s fame began in the 1970s when the estate underwent a radical overhaul. The old Mediterranean stock (cinsault, carignan) was jealously conserved and was joined by the “noble” varieties of syrah, grenache, mourvèdre and the other traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape varieties of roussanne, marsanne, clairette, counoise, bourboulenc and grenache gris.
Bébian has had two owners over the last three decades, assisted by its oenology advisor François Serres. Since 2004 it has enjoyed the winemaking talents of Karen Turner.
Since 2004 Karen has preserved the same philosophy of full, sensual wines which make Bébian unique in the Languedoc.
“Welcome to the Prieuré de Saint-Jean de Bébian website. Our aim is to describe our estate, work ethic and wines as fully as possible. We hope you will find the information useful and instructive and that you enjoy your visit to the world of Bébian.”