There is quite a renaissance going on there driven by new generations of wine makers and a determined effort to compete in the world market.
In the case of this wine, from the AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée) called Minervois in the Languedoc-Roussillon Province, inspiration also comes from a Brit, Sir John Hegarty a very successful Ad Man who founded the global advertising firm BBH, Bartle Bogle Hegarty.
This very approachable wine offers bright and delicous fruit that I think is perfect for summer drinking.
The vineyard is called Domaine De Chamans, the wines branded Hegarty Chamans. The property sits in an isolated spot in the south facing foothills of the Montaigne Noire. This precious location allows the Chamans team to practice their our own natural farming philosophy which is based on organic and biodynamic principles.
Use of machines is minimal to avoid the detrimental effects of impacting the soil.
Sir Hegarty and his partner Philippa Crane purchased property in 2004. In an interview for The Independent Hegarty was asked Why choose the south of France when French wines are in crisis Sir John said "Any market in flux, as the French wine market is a market to get into. Adopt the Lexus strategy: basically, you come in with a car that's comparable to a Mercedes but at a lower price."
He went on to say when asked how? "Simple. Make a better product. You need to create not just a brand, but "something individual and trustworthy" Hegarty and Crane brought on Burgundian winemaker Samuel Berger to see to this. By cutting yields and applying better viniculture Berger allows the grapes in this fertile region to reach their full potential.
Their goal is to make exceptional and exciting wines, that they say "may not please everyone, but hopefully we can reward the adventurous."
This wine is worth a chance, an adventure, you will be rewarded.
And here John and Samuel talk "Shit."