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My story

This is where the story begins

I grew up in the heart of the Côte des Bar (in Champagne) and was nurtured by the rhythm of the 4 wine growing seasons. My adolescence was spent in the vineyards and I was deeply influenced by my parents’ and grandparents’ strong attachment to the land and their respect for their terroir and winemaking traditions. In 2003, having completed a degree in viticulture and oenology, I began putting my skills to practice at the family domaine. It appeared that my destiny was already mapped out, and yet…

The desire to create my own domaine, where I could use my expertise and produce wines that reflect my personality, was constantly at the forefront of my mind

the beginnings

2003

After the studies, in 2003 vinification in Oregon then beginning of 2004 in Australia, return on the family property

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my vineyard

2007

1st year of production at Faugères in 2007

first production

2007

Launch of my first vintages Le Rêve and In-Tempus in Cabrerolles

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new vintage

2009

In 2009 born the vintage Re Naissance, based on Mourvèdre and Grenache

new organic vintage

2017

Labeling in organic farming (AB) and new vintage Natur'A

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pink natur'a

2018

New pink vintage Natur'A

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When Dreams become a reality

I have always been fascinated by the beauty of the landscapes and the quality potential of wines derived from a schist terroir. The adventure began in 2007, in the outstanding Faugères terroir, when I purchased 6 Ha of vines from a local wine growing couple who were ready to take their retirement. The vines are located in the far North of the appellation, at 350 metres altitude between Cabrerolles and the hamlet of Aigues-vives. Vineyards are becoming increasingly rare here and have been replaced by vast expanses of holm oak forests and chestnut trees. These small parcels cover just a few ares of land and are scattered amongst the woods at the foot of the Pic de la Coquillade which overlooks the vineyards at an altitude of 696 metres and proudly faces the Mediterranean.

The domaine has gradually grown in size to cover a few hectares on the neighboring communes of Faugères and Caussiniojouls

The charms of the Languedoc in an outstanding terroir

Faugères is one of France’s smallest winemaking appellations, with just 2,000 Ha of vines. It has managed to preserve its remarkable heritage and the authenticity of its landscapes. Its exceptional biodiversity of plant life covers no less than 8,000 Ha where holm oak forests, chestnut trees and scrublands coexist harmoniously on rocky terrain in which 7 small villages that seem lost in time are a great example of preserved heritage.

Who could not fail to fall in love with its châteaux, windmills, capitelles, dry stone walls and traditional winemakers houses, all steeped in history and unique to the region?

Yet Faugères is also the legacy of some courageous and stubborn men and women who refused, in the mid 20th century, to make the winemaking process easier for themselves by moving to the lowlands to cultivate vines. They are deeply committed to their rugged, rocky and unforgiving terroir and, in a true pioneering spirit, focused on the quality rather than the quantity of their wines.

In addition to its landscapes, heritage and wine growers, Faugères is also a remarkable terroir in which the schist forms the naturally boundary. This homogeneity makes it one of the rarest and most unique wine regions in the world.

The region has had an eventful geological history that spanned several million years and has shaped the landscapes and given us this outstanding terroir. The schist is brittle and split into thin sheets, which allows water to infiltrate and the vine roots to work their way deep into the soils in search of water and mineral salts. These fragile, poor soils require careful and respectful methods of cultivation. All of these characteristics, combined with a Mediterranean climate (mild winters and hot, dry summers) provide perfect conditions for wine growing.

The domaine’s vines are planted on tenements which were, in the past, given names that reflected their landscapes: La Terrasse—Le Bosc du Counil (Rabbits woods), L’Espinasse (Large thorns), Campaure (Arid fields), Roque mignore -Roque = rock, stone)

Meticulous work from the growing to the harvesting

Starting with vine pruning, careful attention is paid to each parcel according to its varietal, exposure and age. The techniques used are adapted to the technical and geographical requirements of each vine in order to provide it with the best possible conditions right through to the harvesting. Certain parcels (in which the vines are too narrowly spaced) are worked exclusively by hand.

I strive to listen to the terroir and my vines and must constantly adapt myself to their needs

On the day before the harvesting, numerous analytical and tasting checks (skin, flesh and seeds) are carried out in each parcel in order to ensure the best possible maturity levels at harvest time. The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted in the vineyards and taken immediately to the cellars in small crates where they are de-stemmed and placed in small vats using a gravity system (without pumping). Vinification is carried out parcel by parcel in order to preserve the integrity of each varietal. Gentle pressing is carried out using a horizontal pneumatic press in order to ensure a slow and gentle extraction of the aromas. The low yields (15 to 35 hl/hectare), combined with the characteristics of the terroir, result in concentrated, delicate and elegant wines with lovely freshness.

A long and painstaking artisan work that combines evolution and tradition, modernity and the respect for the terroir, expertise and imagination

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The process goes on

Certain parcels are already worked exclusively using manual and natural methods. This approach will gradually be applied to the whole of the domaine

Cultivating the vineyards requires a great deal of humility, courage, respect and honesty. These values were instilled in me from an early age and, in turn, I seek to pass them on to my son Liam