Originally from Pézenas in the Languedoc, Philippe Cambie is the oenologist behind Les Halos de Jupiter. Cambie has been consulting for many well-known estates in Southern France including Le Vieux Donjon, Domaine Saint Préfert (just to name a few) and of course, Michel Gassier, who is also a partner on this project.
“According to poets, Jupiter (Zeus in Greek) is the father, the king of all gods and humans. He rules on Mount Olympus and his power is such that he can shake the entire universe by a simple nod of the head. He also represents the spiritual world, organizes the exterior world and is the god of all physical, moral and social rules. According to Mircea Eliade, he is the archetypical head of a patriarchal family. Jupiter is also the biggest planet of our solar system and its Halo is the closest of the three rings that surround the planet.
For me, Grenache is the king of all grapes and the natural leader of all Rhône varietals. The Halo symbolizes the appellations that best express its personality.”
-Phillippe Cambie, Oenologist
“This project, which features the brilliant winemaking skills of Philippe Cambie working with the proprietor of Château de Nages, Michel Gassier, is essentially a negociant operation dedicated to the highest quality wines made from outstanding sources in the southern Rhône. Most of the vineyards are organically farmed and some are biodynamically farmed. With all of these cuvées, Cambie follows his typical practice of aging all the Grenache in tank, usually cement if available, or stainless steel.”