OUR WINES

vineyards we look forward to seeing in the morning

NÉBULO

Nebulo-Grand

Our white wine made of pure Roussanne and our most recent creation. White fruit, exotic fruit and citrus characterize this bright aromatic wine. 1000 bottles

VENTILO

Ventilo-grand

Rose made from the rare and wonderful Chenançon grape. This racy rose-colored wine is crisp and lively with intense fruit aromas. By the time the meal arrives the bottle is often empty. 3600 bottles



COCOLICO

cocolico-grand

Deep ruby color with violet highlights. Smooth and balanced with surprising raspberry red fruit aromas. Unique blend of Chenançon, Grenache and Syrah.      3200 bottles


OISEAU

Oiseau-Grand

A wine that is both powerful and sleek with aromas of fragrant black fruit, violet and toasted cinnamon. A blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, made in the tradition of fine Corbières wines. 10000 bottles


CARIGNAN

carignan-grand

Mmmmm Carignan! Our original 100% Carignan blend comes from two plots of old vines vinified in two different ways. 1200 bottles


LA JOUPATIERE

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A rare field-blend of heirloom grape varieties. Made from an acre plot containing 15 grape varieties, only 13 of which have been identified. A rich wine of a surprising complexity. 400-800 bottles

The vineyard is 20 acres of beautiful hillsides just outside the village of Douzens. It is made up of a patchwork of small plots we selected from the family’s vineyards when Didier’s father retired. We knew that we would be spending many of our waking hours taking care of the vines so we chose plots we would look forward to seeing in the morning.

Organic Agriculture

We chose to farm our vineyards organically because it allows us to produce quality grapes while working in harmony with our convictions about protecting the natural environment.

It’s also the only kind of farming we’ve ever done. Our approach to growing grapes and making wine is hands-on and small-scale which favors manual work in the vineyards, the use of natural products, and common sense. Since we started converting the vineyards to organic farming we have seen birds and insects return and the soils slowly come back to life. We can also harvest delicious wild arugula and other lettuces in the vineyards, which in itself is reason enough for me to go organic.

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La Joupatière

The oldest vineyard in the village! Planted at the end of the 19th century, it miraculously escaped phylloxera and the uprooting of old vines that has plagued the Languedoc; this tiny one-acre plot is a conservatory of rare and disappearing varieties. A local vine scientist has identified the following 13 varieties: Carignan noir, Grenache noir, Cinsault noir, Mourrastel Boucher noir, Rivairenc noir, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Mourvèdre noir, Terret noir, Terret gris, Terret blanc, Olivette blanche, Chasselas doré, Valencin rose and two mysterious varieties are still unidentified.

The oldest root stock, being more than 100 years old, stands bare in the spring sun in the small southern French village of Douzens, March 21, 2009. /© Cody Williams.

Hand-harvesting 

For all of our red wines. Somehow at the end of the day the grapes are harvested, sorted, and put into vats even though between a copious breakfast in the vineyard and a big barbecue at lunch I feel like all we do is eat!! I’m told that this is tradition and I would never want to get in the way of that…

Making wine is something we have come to gradually by tasting lots of wine and asking lots of questions. We approach making wine as a natural process, but one in which man is an integral part. Once the grapes reach the vats we adapt our approach to fit each variety, vintage and the evolution of each wine.

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Winery on the Hill

When the grapes reach the winery we follow their lead, not trying to make the same exact wine every year, but to make that year’s fruitiest Cocolico, or spiciest Oiseau blend. We bottle all of our wines when we taste that they are ready then age them in bottles several years. That means we do the difficult work of laying the wine away for you and only release our wines when they are ready to drink.

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Bottle aging

Our bottles are aged within the stone walls of what was once the village inn’s coach house. This beautiful stone building has been in Didier’s family for generations and has witnessed Grandpa Marty’s production of inventive house cocktails as well as Mamie Jeanne’s chicken and rabbit raising enterprise. One particularly harsh winter in the 1950’s the bumper cars for the annual village festival were set up complete with lights and sound in what is now a peaceful barn.