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Domaine du Petit Oratoire

Who: Lori Haon, the youngest winemaker of Mélusine Wines, at 24 years old! 

Where: Valliguières, 30210

Vineyards: “What is important of course, lies under our feet! …

Far from the monotony of some large areas around, Valliguieres is relatively well supplied
in terms of diverse soil + climate exposure as well as terroirs.
On the edge of the Valliguières (source formerly used to supply part of the aqueduct of the
Pont du Gard) there a lot of alluvial deposits deposited on some 1M / 2 M above ground.

This geological peculiarity is interesting, the vines express more lightness and lift in their
tannins and concentration – which caught our attention as well as our importer partners.

“I practice biodynamic principles in the vineyard and am certified in organic agriculture.

Our grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Terret Noir, Black Picpoul, Cinsault,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Mourvèdre, Pinot Noir.
For whites: Clairette rose, Grenache Blancs, Viognier, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Clairette
white, Riesling and this year first Savagnin rose.”

Cellar: “In the days leading up to harvest, the grapes are very regularly sampled, tasted, analyzed parcel by parcel to determine the style, the concentration, the color, the fragility of twhat we’re working with…
Following this principle, we decide to harvest certain plots at particular tiems (rarely the vineyard in its entirety for that matter).

Bottled by gravity, the majority of our wines are made with no added sulfites. I strive to elaborate my wines with as little to zero added sulphites, I do not forbid myself to add it, and if I do add, I will say it. When I do have to add sulphites, it is at levels inferior to 10 mg/liter.”
Lori’s wines are available in the US in Massachusetts thanks to Sophie @ Violette Imports in Cambridge, MA ; https://www.violettewine.com/home

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