Producer wine
Domaine Nénu

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Languedoc-Roussillon

PRODUCTION :

Rasmus Aamand Olesen, a biology student from Denmark, took a year off from school to be an intern at Domaine du Traginer in Banyuls and never left. Rasmus grew up on a farm in his home country and married that experience with winemaking during his internship in 2016. 

Rasmus started planting vines in 2017 and is also rehabbing conventionally farmed plots and taking over abandoned vineyards. The wines are within AOP Collioures, a region co-extensive with Banyuls. Steep vineyards shoot up from the sea and local schist stone is used for the feixas (terraces). His cellar is a tiny garage in Port-Vendres, a quaint fishing village. 

Here is a snippet from Rasmus himself on why he decided to make a brandy:

“The idea of making brandy actually mostly came from a friend of mine. Being human means you do errors (like e.g. oxidising a white during bottling) and choosing to make wine with as little sulfite as possible means you are walking on a knifes edge when your standards as a winemaker at the same time drives you towards making ageable wines you can be proud of. Simultaneously I’m very much against squandering the resources of your planet. Even though I do my best to allow for as much life as possible to flourish in my vineyards I am still painfully aware that my actions are claiming a part of this planet which for a while will not be free to develop as its sees fit. Thus throwing good quality grapes away, because I’m trying to discover the boundaries of what me vineyards will ferment cleanly, feels utterly meaningless. So the brandy bridges that gap. For the most part.”

CUVÉES
Wine

Brandy

Region: Pyrénées Orientales
Distilling: distilled by a one-person distillery “le cuivre et la goutte” run by Romain Lesgourgue with a 200L open-fire copper still heated by gas, glass demijohns for storage, and food-grade plastic barrels of 120L and 200L for fermentation
Aging:
ABV: 40.0%

Wine

La Cuvée de Claude

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: Grenache, Mourvèdre
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Farming:  Certified organic, some biodynamic practices, vines are dry farmed
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: Manual destemming, Indigenous yeasts
Aging: Neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
S02: 23 mg/l SO2

Wine

MM

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape: 
Grenache, Mourvèdre
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Farming:  Certified organic, some biodynamic practices, vines are dry farmed
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Manual destemming, Indigenous yeasts
Aging: Neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02:23 mg/l SO2

Wine

La fleur d’un Coeur De Beurre

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape:
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Farming:  Certified organic, some biodynamic practices, vines are dry farmed
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: All indigenous yeasts. Bottling was done by hand, by gravity, without fining or filtration and with the addition of a handful of so2 to ensure good conservation.
Aging: Neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 23 mg/l SO2