The cuvee “Les Indigènes” is produced from a single “clos” of less than a hectare that was planted around two hundred years ago and retains pre-phylloxera vines. As was the custom “back in the day” the vineyard was co-planted with a wide variety of grape types both white and red. Most of the grapes have been identified and include Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Grenache, Grenache Blanc. Grenache Gris, Macabeu, Malvasia, Muscat a Petits Grains, Ugni Blanc, Aramon, Terret, and Jacquet. The clos itself sits high above the town of Bedarieux and is accessible only by a narrow lane that winds its way up from the town to the vineyard at the top of the hill. It is hidden from the eye because it is both walled and shielded by fruit trees.
To gain entrance to the small vineyard one has to pass through an entrance gate and then a bit further on pass through a doorway framed by a stone arch giving the whole experience a “secret garden” quality.
All varieties are co-fermented in old oak foudres using indigenous yeasts and without temperature control.
The wine is unfiltered and unfined.
Varietals- Cinsalt, Pinot noir, Muscat, Terret, Clairette, Alicante, Merlot, Noah, Syrah, Bourboulenc, Cabernet sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Soil type- Limestone