Producer wine
Les Lunes / Populis

COUNTRY :
USA

REGION :
Mendecino

PRODUCTION :

Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig

The Living Wine Collective is a group of like minded winemakers who met at UC Davis and caught the natural wine bug when one of their classmate poured them some wines made without sulphur. This led them to become stagiaires at Texier, Overnoy, Valette and Cos (among other stalwarts of the movement).

Together, they are Shaunt Oungoulianm and Diego Roig and make their collective wines under the “Populis” label. Shaunt has a side project called “Les Lunes”. 

Their facility is literally the basement of Shaunt’s parents’ house in Orinda, California just east of Berkeley. They don’t own vineyards but rent plots where they can do their own work and that have been historically farmed without chemicals or irrigation.

Currently they work land in Carneros, Mendocino, and one of California’s newest AVAs, Manton Valley.

While they are committed to organic and native yeasts, they are not dogmatic in their techniques including the use of sulphur, although when they use it it’s always in small doses.

CUVÉES
Wine

Les Lunes Zinfandel

Region: California
Grape: Zinfandel
Vineyard Size:
Soil: alluvial, schist, slate
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
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Fining: none
Filtration:
So2: minimal

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Les Lunes Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

Region: California
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
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Les Lunes Chardonnay

Region: California
Grape: Chardonnay
Vineyard Size: 6 hectares
Soil: loam
Average Age of Vines: 44 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press, fermentation in neutral oak
Aging: in polyethylene
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: 25 mg/L

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Les Lunes Carignane

Region: California
Grape: Carignane
Vineyard Size: 24 hectares
Soil: sandstone, shale, quartz
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2/3 whole cluster fermentation, 1/3 gentle press, co-fermentation through malo
Aging: in neutral oak
Fining: none
Filtration: none
So2: minimal

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Populis “Reversée”

Region: California
Grape: Carignane
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Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
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Populis Rosé

Region: California
Grape: Carignane
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Populis “Wabi-Sabi”

Region: California
Grape: Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah
Vineyard Size:
Soil: alluvial, schist, slate
Average Age of Vines: 20-70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast
Aging: in old oak
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