The first vineyards of Domaine Guillot-Broux were planted in 1954 by Pierre and Jeannine Guillot. Their son Jean-Gérard Guillot returned to Cruzille, after working for several years in Brouilly and Meursault and in 1978 Jean-Gerard established the Domaine Guillot-Broux with his wife Jacqueline Broux. Today their sons Patrice (vineyard manager) and Emmanuel (sales & marketing) run the Domaine which now has 17 hectares (42 acres) of vines situated in three villages of Cruzille, Grévilly and Chardonnay. Most of the vineyards are on east-facing slopes where the soils are comprised of clayey limestone. The various geological formations give rise to different terroirs, resulting in strikingly different wines. The nature of the soil in Cruzille brings out mineral flavors and produces wines that need a relatively long time to mature. The vineyards in Grévilly and Chardonnay tend to have deeper soil and produce wines that are often fruitier in their youth but also become more complex after several years of age. Each vineyard is vinified separately, but only the best vineyards are selected for single vineyard cuvees. The domaine has been organic from the beginning and has been certified organic since 1991.
Macon Rouge (100% Gamay)
Beaumont Rouge (100% Gamay)
Les Geniévrières Rouge
La Myotte Rouge
In Gradoli comune on Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic crater-lake in Europe, Georgea Marini and her husband Alessandro produce organic wine from local varieties on a farm of less than 2 hectares. Their skin-macerated wine made from Procanico--a high quality biotype of Trebbiano Toscano--is a stunner, with deep, amber color and evocative, savory aromas and flavors of sage honey, fennel, dried citrus and wildflowers.
The little plots of land in this area were given to families by the church in early 900. Devoted to totally organic and regenerative farming, Georgea and Alessandro use only treatments of copper and sulfur as they tend to their fifty year old vines, planted in volcanic soil shot with clay. The hand-harvested grapes are manually pressed and fermented spontaneously with native yeast. Macerations are long, and aging takes place in old used barrels. The name Zero8 is for the year that their label was established, and also the year their daughter, Ginevra, was born.
Microcosmos, an urban winery owned by Fabienne and Lukas Völlmy in the old part of Marseille, started in 2012. The name of the winery, Microcosmos, is an homage to the Greeks who first brought vines to Marseille.
Fabienne was born in Burgundy and holds a B.S. in chemistry and a master’s degree in enology. She previously had worked at Clos des Fées in Roussillon, Chateau d’Esclans in the Var region and at Moulin de la Roque in Bandol. These experiences have all contributed to her winemaking choices today. To begin with, because she is from Burgundy, she appreciates single varietal wines and does not blend. Her choice to work with low-yielding parcels of old vines comes from working at Clos de Fées. Her time at Chateau d’Esclans taught her how to make luxury rosés.
Working with different vineyards, Fabienne purchases fruit from vineyards in Provence, prioritizing organically farmed grapes. To keep transportation at a minimum, they stay within 100 kilometers around Marseille. She looks for special parcels and old vines and all the fruit is picked by hand. At Microcosmos, they use a single parcel for each wine and do not do any blending. Once the grapes are manually picked, they are transported back to the winery in Marseille where additional sorting and fermentation take place. With delicate treatment of the grapes, minimal input is required by the winemaker. The focus is on making wines that are balanced but express their individual personalities. Total annual production: 5,000 bottles.
"Tempete dans les Montagnes Bleues" (Syrah)
"Expedition Botanique" (Mouvèdre)
Marc Castan, was born in Narbonne and spent his childhood in the Corbières Maritimes area where he developed a passion for both the sea and the land. After graduating from high school, he decided to study winemaking and to recover the vineyards of his grandfather. In 2009 Marc vinified his first vintage. An organic approach is obvious to him so both the vineyard and cellar are worked with minimum input, and with a great respect for life and nature. The vineyard plots are spread over the communes of La Palme and Leucate on clay soils and limestone. Some are bordering a small lake, while others are close to a seaside cliff. The vineyard covers 37 acres. The yields are quite low, varying between 8 and 30hl per ha. The plots are surrounded by varied vegetation: tamarind, pines, reeds, olive and almond trees, and low scrub vegetation. In the vineyards, he uses biodynamic practices without certification. The management includes careful pruning and tending of the wounds, homemade compost and soft ploughing. Harvest usually starts as early as mid-August to preserve natural acidity. He harvests everything by hand in small boxes, only in the morning to avoid exposing the harvest to summer heat. In the winery, vinification happens naturally: no selected yeast or oenological inputs. He only uses a tiny amount of sulfur at bottling. Grape varieties planted: White (Macabeu, Grenache gris, Carignan Blanc, Muscat à petits grains) and Red (Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault).
Maury, Côtes Catalanes
The Domaine des Enfants was founded in 2006 as a realization of a childhood dream by Swiss born Marcel Bühler and soon after joined in 2010 by Native Oregonian Carrie Sumner. Their winery is about much more than just making wine. Besides being a philosophy, it is taking a step back into the past; regress as progress. It consists of 25 hectares (62 acres) mainly old vineyards of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Lladoner Pelut on different soils (schist, granite, gneiss and limestone) and heights situated in the greater area around the small village of Maury. They manage the vineyards in a sustainable manner and with respect to the environment. The abandonment of herbicides from the beginning in 2006 brought the consequence that all the vineyards with old vines (60 to over 100 years) need to be ploughed by their own horses. Since 2010 Domaine des Enfants is certified organic by Ecocert.
In the cellar Carrie and Marcel try to preserve the characteristics of the different terroirs and the finesse and aroma of each variety by intervening as little as possible with the natural processes. The objective is to make wines, which convince through their balance, elegance, complexity, texture and length. Already with their first vintage in 2007 they came close to fulfilling this ambition. All their wines are fermented with natural yeast and vinified without any flavor changing additions (enzymes, chips etc.).
Le Jouet Blanc (100% Macabeu)
'Tabula Rasa' Blanc (Grenache gris, Grenache blanc, Carignan blanc)
Le Jouet Rouge (Lladoner Pelut, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan)
'L'Enfant Perdu' Rouge (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan)
'Suis l'etoile' (Syrah, Grenache, Carignan)
'La Larme de l'âme' (Syrah, Grenache, Carignan)
AOC Maury (100% Grenache, port-style wine)