Producer wine
Benjamin Taillandier

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Languedoc

PRODUCTION :
25,000 bottles per year

Benjamin Taillandier

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

CUVÉES
Wine

Blanc

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

Wine

Laguzelle

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

Wine

Viti Vini Bibi

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

Wine

Bufentis

Wine

6 Roses

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