Growers: Olivier, Corine & Carole Andrieu
Region: Faugeres, Langedoc
Grape Varieties: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Clos Fantine is a small, family-run winery in La Liquière, located in the hills in the commune of Faugères. Having inherited the winery from their father, Olivier, Corine & Carole Andrieu continue the farming and winemaking tradition, but have taken it in a more natural direction. The property comprises around 30-hectares of organic vineyards, in which Mourvèdre, Grenache, Terret Blanc and Gris, Cinsault, Syrah and Aramon (a very old variety, planted in 1915) grow. The vines were freed from their trellising system around tw
The Andrieus do not plough the soil as they feel that this upsets the natural balance, and that the hot Languedoc sunshine and strong winds would dry the soil out too much if ploughed, leading to erosion of the already thin topsoil. Sunshine is not a problem in this part of the world, but lack of water is, and by not ploughing the family also help to preserve the water in the soil. Grass, flowers and other plants grow naturally, and when the grass is fully grown and starts to seed, they mow it to add organic matter to the soils and seed for the following year.enty years ago, and now floppy bush vines grow in even rows.
From Les Caves