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Olivier Cousin

Wine producer // 
Olivier Cousin
District // 
Anjou

In 1987, Olivier Cousin took over his grandfather’s 12ha located around the village of Martigne Briand, South of Angers. Thanks to his grandfather, the vines have never been sprayed with chemicals due to his opinion that anyone that does so is ‘dumb in the ass’. We agree. In 1996 Olivier took the steps to officiating the wines as biodynamic although this has always been his way. Today he still makes wines from his plots of Cabernet Franc, but has passed his parcels of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gamay and Grolleau onto his son, Baptiste. Olivier still uses his horse ‘Joker' to plow the fields 2-3 times a year and also encourages and trains other winemakers to do the same.nOlivier is constantly experimenting with natural methods to improve the quality of his wines such as extended and carbonic maceration and in 2005 he quit the AOC, allowing him all the freedom he wanted to trial new weird and wonderful methods. The wines don’t know the meaning of the terms enzymes, filtration or additional SO2. Olivier is a man with a deep connection to the earth and doesn’t even like using much electricity to control the cellar temperature. Instead he says that the wines need to move with in sync with the world around them.

Wine producer // 
Olivier Cousin
District // 
Anjou