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Benjamin Taillandier

6 Rose

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Region: Languedoc

Grape: Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan

Vineyard Size: 1 hectares

Soil: Shiste, Clay limestone, Sand, Marle

Average Age of Vines: 30 years

Yield: 25hl/ha

Harvest: By hand. Grapes are harvested 1-2 weeks before the other producers.

Winemaking: direct press, fermentation in tank

Aging: 6 month in stainless steal

Fining: No.

Filtration: No.

So2: 30g/hl

Name: Benjamin Taillandier

Region: Languedoc

Description:

After finishing winemaking school, Benjamin spent some time working in a conventional winery. In 2004, however, he met natural winemaker Jean-Baptiste Senat and began working with him in his cellar. He was influenced by Senat’s ideas and techniques. After his stage ended, he knew that he wanted to make his wine with a similar philosophy one day.

In 2007 he settled in his family’s hometown of Caunes-Minnervois, which sits between the ancient city of Carcassone and The Montagne Noir. He purchased 5.7ha of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Terret Gris and began working it organically, eventually converting all of it over to biodynamics.  Each year he added a plot to his estate and now he works 9.5 ha all by hand and now fully Ecocert certified. He also runs a terrific wine bar downtown called Cantine du Curé which is open during the summer tourist season.

Benjamin feels that many of the wines in the Minnervois AOC are too concentrated and alcoholic, and works hard to make wines that, while full flavored, are lighter, fresher and lower in alcohol than most average wines from the Languedoc. Indeed, there is a level of liveliness in this wines that you seldom see in the wines of the region, Benjamin is  happily introducing people to the concept of Minnervois "vin de soif".

Production: 25,000 bottles per year

Benjamin Taillandier

Blanc 2013

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Region: Languedoc

Grape: Terret gris, Grenache gris

Vineyard Size: 1 hectares

Soil: Clay limestone

Average Age of Vines: 40 years

Yield: 18hl/ha

Harvest: By hand. Grapes are harvested 1-2 weeks before the other producers.

Winemaking: direct press, fermentation in oak, Natural yeast

Aging: 6 month in oak

Fining: No.

Filtration: No.

So2: 10g/hl

Laguzelle 2013

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Region: Languedoc

Grape: Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan

Vineyard Size: 3 hectares

Soil: Shiste, Clay limestone, Sand, Marle

Average Age of Vines: 30 years

Yield: 25hl/ha

Harvest: By hand. Grapes are harvested 1-2 weeks before the other producers.

Winemaking: few days of cold maceration, natural yeast

Aging: 6 months in stainless steel

Fining: No.

Filtration: No.

So2: 10g/hl

Viti Vini Bibi 2012

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Region: Languedoc

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan

Vineyard Size: 3 hectares

Soil: Shiste, Clay limestone, Sand, Marne

Average Age of Vines: 50 years

Yield: 25hl/ha

Harvest: By hand. Grapes are harvested 1-2 weeks before the other producers.

Winemaking: 12 days of cold maceration, natural yeast

Aging: 6 months in stainless steel

Fining: No.

Filtration: No.

So2: 10g/hl

Bufentis 2012

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Region: Languedoc

Grape: Syrah, Carignan

Vineyard Size: hectares

Soil: Shiste, Clay limestone, Sand, Marle

Average Age of Vines: 60 years

Yield: 25hl/ha

Harvest: By hand. Grapes are harvested 1-2 weeks before the other producers. Winemaking: long fermentation in Tank with cold maceration, wild yeast

Aging: 1 year and 6 months in demi muid

Fining: No.

Filtration: No.

So2: 10g/hl