Cinsault

Domaine des Fées

Frederic Mefrre's family have been grape growers for three generations, cultivating the land and selling their fruit onto local coop until Frederic decided to take a stab at winemaking. After a period in Chile, Frederic began to make a small amount of wine in a corner of his dad's barn using borrowed equipment from friends in Seguret. Domaine de Fée's - or 'Fairy Domain', so called because of the proximity to Fountaine de Fées was born. The vines are found in Sablet and Seguret and Villedieu.

Domaine de Sarrelon

Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is a cooperative with a difference. The group of 10 vignerons in Gard in the South of Rhône share a winery and resources but vinify their grapes separately, making cuvées instead of batches like most cooperatives. They also all make natural wine, which is extremely rare if not totally unique to Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues. Sharing a winery like this enables the vignerons to save a huge amount on winery overheads which is passed onto the consumer who gets amazing quality wines for a fraction of the price of most other wines.

Domaine de Villeneuve

In 1993, Philippe de Roy du Bliquy, an Advertising mogul from Paris was on the hunt for some vineyards and stumbled upon the then run down Domaine de Villeneuve in the Northern corner of Chateauneuf du Pape close to Chateau de Beaucastel. Together with a good friend, Stanilas Wallut and their families, they begun restoring the 8.5ha, using biodynamic practices to heal the vines which are now certified Biodynamic by Ecocert. Only a small amount of vines had to be replanted which means that nearly all of vines are now between 30-100 years old.

Château de Roquefort

The Château de Roquefort has passed hands many times since it was built, now under ownership by Raimond de Villeneuve. The history of the chateau has a rich agricultural past, and was also involved with the old silk worm production. Today, winemaking is the primary focus for the chateau. The 25 ha of vineyard are located on the edge of Bandol in a sort of ampitheatre on clay and limestone. This affords the vines their own microclimate and grapes are slow to ripen at the altitude of 1000ft.

Julien Peyras

Just North-East of Beziers, Domaine Julien Peyras is making some truly fantastic wines. As a member of S.A.I.N.S (the zero everything crew), he is comitted to making wines with minimal intervention as his nieghbour and mentor Bernard Bellahsen has done for decades. Farming 8ha of hillside terraced vineyard on clay-limestone, Julien farms Languedoc-Rousillon favourites Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, Clairette, Syrah, Grenache blanc and Roussane all from 40+ year old vines.

Mouressipe

Alain Allier makes his wine in a small garage close to the Mouriseppe mountains, the very same which used to be a vital look out for the Romans; they probably even planted the vines. The vineyard covers 9 ha in total of Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Chardonnay and Chasselas on a limestone base with clay and blue marl. Alain only vinifies the fruit from 4 ha himself, offering the rest to the local coop. Alain's philosophy is simple: the more you do in the vineyard to create healthy, balanced fruit, the less you need to do in the winery. All grapes are picked and destemmed by hand.