In the mid 90's Mathieu Coste went to South America to work on a scientific study in the rainforests of French-Gyuana. In charge was the french botanist and biologist Francis Hallé, and the expereince was eyeopening for Mathieu's way of thinking about plants and plantlife.
As a young man Mathieu studied agronomy, and later biology in Tours. One of his firsts jobs was at the Coop of Pouilly sur Loire, where Mathieu was in charge of the vinification. Alot of people sold grapes to the Coop, and one of them was vignerons Alain Paulat, that only sold parts of his harvest.
Mathieu immidatly noticed that Alain's grape marerial was different; whole clusters of healty grapes. It was better, no doubt.
Alain was considered an original in the area, but Mathieu knew that he had things to say and wanted to learn from him.
Later Mathieu worked as a teacher at the Beaune Viticulture School in Burgundy, where he teached organic viticulture, alongside conventional viticulture.
He now had the chance to bring his class to visit Alain Paulat in Pouilly sur Loire, so the students could get a taste of organic farming.
One of his students was Alexandre Bain, who later started his own domaine in Pouilly-Fume. When the opportunity came, an organic wineyard for sale, he left his teacher job to persue his love for organic farming.Today Mathieu rents 5.5 hectar of Alain Paulat, who works in the vinyards aswell. The soil here is similar to Sancerre's and consits of clay and limestone and vines consists of old Gamay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.