Headline: Dark and brooding
Producer: Terres Falmet
Region: Languedoc, France
Designation/Cuvee: Vin de France Carignan
Cellar: Native yeast fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, low added sulphur
About: In 1996 with few resources and the aid of a loan, Yves Falmet purchased a few hectares of old bush vines (some of which are 90yo) on northern facing limestone-clay hillsides in the north of the St Chinian appellation between the villages of Creissan and Cebazan. Here the hillsides were so steep that nobody wanted the land – the eastern part of the vineyard had already been abandoned and the rest was likely to follow. He immediately turned his back on conventional viticulture as too polluting but also felt that certain aspects of organics weren’t rigorous enough. He, therefore, adapted his own ecological but rational approach to viticulture, where thought, pragmatism and open-mindedness are the linchpins of his ethos.
Yves' grapes are harvested by hand, he