The old cellars are completely renovated, complemented by an underground cellar for barrel aging and bottle storage, and a welcoming and sales cellar in an old vaulted room.
The most modern winemaking equipment is installed, remaining modest, simple, precise, and efficient. Thus, the old gravity structure is preserved, allowing the harvested grapes to be brought in crates to the top of the tanks: sorting and destemming are done directly on the tanks, with the grapes naturally falling into the tanks by gravity—no screws, no crushing, just beautiful berries filling the tanks, grape by grape, plot by plot.
...a young creator and entrepreneur, then 34 years old: buildings in ruins, trees piercing through rooftops, brambles where once stood the most beautiful and ancient vines in the region, old casks rotting in magnificent but open cellars, exposed to the elements...
It was love at first sight, a burst of inspiration, a moment of madness, and above all, a vision: this very old vineyard, already planted with vines in the 16th century – and perhaps even earlier, with buildings dating back to the 11th century, one of the flagship properties of the... ...upper Hérault Valley and the foothills of the Cévennes, had the potential to be reborn from its state of abandonment.
In a breathtaking natural setting, just 30 minutes north of Montpellier, this magnificent castle dominated by its tower was destined to be at the heart of the recreation of a «new old vineyard».
Stone by stone, vine by vine, François invests all his savings and available time. He replants the uprooted vines, takes over old vines in the vicinity, becomes a winemaker, and learns his second trade on the job, listening to all the different perspectives—from the village elders, colleagues, technicians, oenologists, etc.
When many experts agree that Languedoc is the « future Eldorado of new winemakers in the 21st century », it is only logical to set the goal of doing the best possible at every stage of vine cultivation, winemaking, and aging, aiming to flirt with excellence.
It is within this movement, combining the viticultural tradition of Languedoc with modern techniques, that we compose our score.
By 2021, this area will be expanded to 21 hectares, following the planting of 2 hectares and the conversion to organic farming of 3 hectares of old vines.
New planting projects are expected to bring this area to around 30 hectares by 2023. Our estate is now known and recognized, and sales are increasing every year, both in France and internationally.
We produce an average of 420 hectoliters of wine per year, equivalent to 55,000 bottles. All of our production is marketed in bottles: no bulk or bag-in-box.
The average yield of our vines is low: 26 hectoliters per hectare, compared to the authorized 90h/H! Quality comes from controlling yields in the vineyard: fewer fruits, but more flavorful! For better juice!
Route de Montoulieu ●
34190 Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois ● tél. fixe 04 67 73 34 84
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