Producer wine
Benjamin Taillandier

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Languedoc

PRODUCTION :
25,000 bottles/year

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”.

CUVÉES
Wine

“Bufentis”

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: Syrah, Grenache
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: limestone
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking:
Aging: in old oak
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: minimal

Wine

“Six Roses”

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan
Vineyard Size: 1 hectare
Soil: shiste, clay, limestone, sand, marle
Average Age of Vines: 30 years
Harvest: by hand.
Winemaking: direct press, fermentation in tanks
Aging: 6 months in stainless steal
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: 5 mg/L

Wine

“Blanc”

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: Terret Gris, Grenache Gris
Vineyard Size: 1 hectare
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press, fermentation in oak, natural yeasts
Aging: 6 months in oak
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: 13 mg/L

Wine

“Laguzelle”

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: shiste, clay, limestone, sand, marl
Average Age of Vines: 30 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: few days of cold maceration, natural yeasts
Aging: 6 months in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: 13 mg/L

Wine

“Viti Vini Bibi”

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Vineyard Size: 3 hectares
Soil: shiste, clay, limestone, sand, marne
Average Age of Vines: 50 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 12 days of cold maceration, natural yeasts
Aging: 6 months in stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: 13 mg/L