Nicole, she grew up in Narbonne, with her ‘accent du SUD’, her laugh, her contagious enthusiasm. John, he came to St Jean de Minervois from much farther west, the land of horses and bourbon, Kentucky.
In 1996, this sud French girl convinced her southern bred boy that the white rocks of St Jean were the most beautiful rocks in the world. Now he sings, she dances.
It was a real life choice, giving up the pleasures of the wide world for an arid rocky plateau and a village of 49 souls. But it was the choice of a Terroir, white phonolithic gravel and it was a choice that’s made so much difference.
Their vineyards, 8.5 hectares on the 270 meter altitude Causses of St Jean and Cazelles, benefit from ample summer sunny days and a cooling breeze blowing down off of the Montagne Noire at night.
« You gotta cultivate
your own garden »
The rocky land immediately brought to mind thoughts of moonscapes. The wines might be considered lunar in their minerality, some might even suggest lunatic…but always delicious.
Saint Jean de Minervois is a gateway village to the Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc, thousands of hectares of protected mountain, canyon and scrubland, a vast migratory haven for birds of prey including pairs of the rare Bonelli’s Eagle. Working organically was a natural choice. Some of the local fauna can be seen on our photo gallery.