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After focusing on the wine-making process of American and South African wines, Caroline Bonville has chosen to meet the challenge of wonderful southern wines in Roussillon. She is invested full-time, between the vineyard work and the maturing of the wines. Roussillon wines, “terroir” wine but especially, woman wines… Full-bodied and well balanced wines with character. Those expressive wines are produced on a bush pruning system adapted to austere hills swept by the tramontane wind, a wine marker’s valuable ally in the responsible fight against vineyard diseases. Those wines are characterized by the diversity of the terroir, schist, granite and marl. The various grape varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, carignan for red wines, Grenache grey and white, Maccabeu and Muscat for white wines are contributing to the general harmony
Château Haut Bourcier is really a 100% family affair. Philippe and Anne Marie Bourcier are at the helm of the estate. They spend a lot of time in our vineyard: Restructuring, new planting, obtaining new grape varieties, ... "The quality of the wine does not come only from the work in the cellars" as Philippe Bourcier teaches us. The work of the vine is the first step in a wine. A vine worked well, develops a beautiful quality of grapes. That's why every year they try to improve their way of working the vines: new equipment, less treatment, soil work... their vineyard covers 40 Hectares, mainly in red. It consists of: 75% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. Currently, they own 1 Hectare of Sauvignon Blanc, with which we produce our 100% Sauvignon
Winemakers from father to son since 1508, in the same small village on the banks of Loire, Chargé. When you think that Jacques Cartier walked for the first time North American soil in 1534 and that Quebec City was founded in 1608 !!! Throughout the generations, they have chosen the most suitable grape varieties, on the most suitable plots, have defined the best growing conditions and pass on from generation to generation the secret of each square of vine. It is impossible to sum up 500 years of the life of a wine-grower family. Only a book, or a novel, could talk about 5 centuries of characters, events, anecdotes, evolution, happy days and crises. The terroir, the climate, the vines are the genetic heritage of the wine, without them nothing is possible. Vine and wine need to be guided, not controlled, but helped, this is the philosophy of the estate, which could also be summed up by this writing: "We do not inherit the land of our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Domaine Carcenac has been a family history for more than seven generations. The vineyard is located in Montans, northeast of Toulouse, a small village with Gallo-Roman remains in the heart of the Gaillac appellation. The Estate being on 60 hectares of red and 10 of white all on three geologically different terroirs: Grave / Gravel Argilo / Argilo-calcaire. The floors are a succession of alluvial terraces of the Tarn Valley. Basement with pH rather acidic, deep and well drained thanks to the presence of several meters of sand, pebbles and gravel called gravel or bulge. The climate of the vineyard benefits from two influences: the oceanic sweetness and the Mediterranean heat which, in summer and autumn accentuated by the wind of Autan from Africa, ensure a good ripeness of the grapes. This richness of terroir and soil allows the estate to produce and vinify a large number of unique and characterful grape varieties: Braucol, Duras and Syrah in red or Far from the Eye, Mauzac, and Muscadelle in white. All these grape varieties bring to the wines of The Domaine de Carcenac their originality, their elegance, their complexity and their strength
In the summer of 2000 the fourth generation was established: Catherine and Philippe Lamarque (sister and brother). A new century, new ways of working! They have returned to work the soils and to limit yields in order to increase the quality of their vintages. Their partnership with Nicolas Guichard (winemaker) allows them to produce wines with respect for the fruit and to always seek to make fine and elegant wines. It allowed them to discover new coopers. These small, limited-production artisan barrels are concerned with finding the most qualitative oaks to marry the tannins of the wood with their wines. Located in the southern part of the appellation Mont Saint-Emilion. This satellite of Saint-Emilion is nestled between the prestigious appellations Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. From its limestone escarpment, the château Puynormond's mansion overlooks an amphitheatre of vineyards. Indeed, their vines are rooted in different geological layers composed of limestone with asteries, clay, iron grime and mineral compounds attesting to the presence of an ocean at the very location of the estate. A few million years ago. Their vineyard is composed mainly of Merlot but also of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
Yves FALMET comes from a family of peasants based in Rouvres les Vignes, a small wine village in Champagne. It was there, from his childhood, that he learned to work in his parents' vineyards located on "real" hillsides, very steep, hence his attraction for this type of vineyard with extreme slopes. It is also from this life in a remote countryside that comes his commitment to ecology and to respect the animal world. After the baccalaureate, he left for Montpellier to study science, discovering Languedoc. These studies allow him to perfect his knowledge of the Earth and the living: animal biology, plant and molecular, mineral and organic chemistry, geology... so many exciting and concrete lessons with, as a result, a Master's degree in biochemistry, then a year of research at INRA. Having also taken a passion for the region and its wines, once his course in the field of science was completed, he undertook a new training at the end of which he became an enologist. The following years were devoted to supplementing his knowledge in the field of wine and winemaking, working in the cellars of different regions of France as well as in those of other countries, such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand... These experiences finally brought him back to Languedoc, with the idea of creating his own domain and producing his wines there, under the name Terres Falmet. From the very beginnings as a winemaker, Yves has chosen in his vineyard a rational ecological way of growing. It has therefore turned away from the main forms of viticulture today: "conventional" viticulture, enslaved to plant health firms and far too polluting - "organic" viticulture, which is certainly less polluting but which, to really be, deserves to overcome certain divisions and be rethought according to a more rational approach. Hence this choice for an alternative, ecological but Cartesian viticulture. Reflection, pragmatism and open-mindedness are the foundations. All the parameters of the cultivation of vines are taken into account, in their complexities and seeking to provide the most positive answers from an environmental point of view, without falling into the Manichaeism and contradictions of our time
Diane de Puymorin and Mathieu Chatain have a deep attachment to respect for the work well done, to the ancestral know-how, they are winemakers in love with their profession. This area of the southern Rhône is looking to the future with a crucial role for women, cutting-edge technological choices and an unwavering commitment to respect for the environment. The vineyards on the estate are on average 30 years old (over 90 years for the oldest), and nearly 15 hectares are harvested manually. The estate works with 10 different grape varieties: In white: grenache, viognier, rolle, roussanne and chardonnay. In red and pink: syrah, grenache, cinsault, carignan and mourvèdre also known as the Plan of Saint-Gilles. The young vines are preserved by ploughing and the grapes fallen into "green" in order to favour a deep and rapid rooting. The oldest are grassed and plowed on the row only, in order to control yields. The use of insecticides is prohibited thanks to the "sexual confusion" Low yields, in the order of 35 hectolitres per hectare, or almost half of those authorized by the decree of the Call of Origin Controlled of the Costières de Nîmes. These yields can be explained by a very short size, a grassing of the field, and a constant search for optimal maturity. Except for the old carignan vinified in carbon maceration, the whole harvest is peeled. All wines on the estate are vinified with native yeasts. An assertive and precise winemaking style The estate's assertive and precise winemaking style is based on long winemaking, temperature control, long breeding for red wines (18 to 30 months), and, on the contrary, quick bets for whites and rosés in order to preserve the fruit. The aim of the estate is to offer varied wines, rich, balanced, fresh and gourmet and, in any case: wines rich in personality. The estate has chosen organic farming and biodynamics. This method of agricultural production, which is characterized by the absence of the use of synthetic chemistry, aims to better respect the living and natural cycles. Its objective is to manage production in a comprehensive way by promoting the agrosystem but also biodiversity as well as biological activities of the soil. In addition to the methods and good practices of organic farming we: Avoid insecticides through sexual confusion, reject agricultural plastics, use wooden stakes, be energy self-sufficient by solar energy production, favour natural organic amendments, use recycled, recyclable and water inks, use music in vineyards as a biocontrol element. The Rhodanian terroir of the Costières de Nîmes, is made up of pebbles deposited in the quaternary by the Rhône and Durance, locally called Gress. These stony alluvials, 5 to 15 metres thick, are wrapped in sand ranging in colour from light yellow to dark red. The vines develop a very deep rooting, up to the clay layers, which offers them, even during heatwaves, a moderate but regular water supply. The exceptional draining capacity of the pebbles allows the excess water to be quickly evacuated during powerful rain events. Typical of the Mediterranean climate in summer, the warm mass formed by the pebbles reinforces the convection effect: the fresh marine entrances that cross the Little Camargue in the late afternoon meet this warm mass as it goes up the Costières, creating a real suction of air. The tempering effect of these breezes reinforces the thermal amplitudes between day and night, which is known to preserve the freshness and purity of the fruit of the wines.
Bernard et Françoise ont laissé progressivement la place à leurs enfants Laurent et Sophie. Au sein de la famille Pontaud depuis plusieurs générations, le Château de Marjolet est situé sur la rive droite du Rhône dans la partie méridionale des Côtes du Rhône, le vignoble s’étend sur 80 hectares : 60 hectares sur la commune de Gaujac, siège de la maison familiale et 20 hectares sur la commune de Laudun. Les vins sont élevés sous les appellations, des Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun, des Côtes du Rhône Villages et des Côtes du Rhône appellation régionale. L’âge moyen du vignoble est de 40 ans avec un encépagement qualitatif : grenache noir, syrah et cinsault pour les vins rRouges; roussane et viognier pour les blancs. Soucieux de préserver la nature, la conduite du vignoble est raisonnée et se fait en bon père de famille, dans le plus grand respect de notre environnement.