- Organic certified since 2010
- Biodynamic uncertified
- No sulphite
A comparatively new biodynamic estate that makes extremely accessible, drinkable wines. The estate name literally translates as ‘opium from here’.
Winemaker Philippe Formentin worked for a decade at Domaine Chabanon in Montpellier before travelling all over the world making wine at estates in California, Corsica, Russia and even India.
In 2011 he came across a small winery in the foothills of the Larzaz, amongst the ‘garrigue’, and it was here that he decided to settle down and make natural artisan wine.
Les Fainéants is predominantly mourvèdre, with a little grenache. Carbonic maceration is used here; a technique that softens the tannins and pushes the fruit forward. In contrast, the Ménage à Trois is entirely grenache (sourced from three separate plots) and there is a more traditional maceration followed by ageing in steel and concrete.
Most recently from this estate we also have a white Picpoul de Pinet. Half of the juice is vinified in oak and there’s a proportion of oak ageing, making it quite a different wine from many of the Picpoul you may have previously come across.