Back in the late 80s architect Catherine Roque bought a house with vines and orchards on the edge of Faugères, one of the finest appellations in Southern France. At this time the area was considered too cold and northerly for appellation status. Catherine used this to her advantage by planting non-appellation grape varieties – Pinot Noir, Clairette, Riesling, Petit Manseng – and from these varieties she produced excellent IGP wines.
Catherine’s daughter Alix has now taken over the pruning shears having studied oenology and working with winemakers all over the world. Young and dynamic, she works closely with nature and the ecosystem to experiment with grape varieties and blends to produce an exciting range of cuvées.
She’s recently produced a ‘field blend’ cuvée in which she vinifies mixed indigenous grape varieties grown within a tiny, walled vineyard. We are hoping to ship this very soon so watch this space…
Domaine de Clovallon wines are certified as biodynamic. Alix tends her vines with minimal intervention and only adds tiny quantities of sulphites before bottling when needed. She uses indigenous yeasts and doesn’t filter or fine.