Le Petit Domaine
Who: Aurélien Petit. His small estate was born in Montpeyroux (Hérault) in 2012 and is located in the heart of the village.
Where: Montpeyroux, 34150. (about 1 hour inland from Montpellier)
Vineyards: With just about 5 hectares in total, Le Petit Domaine consists of 2 distinct plots: The first lot is located between Jonquières and Saint Guiraud and includes 2ha of vines ranging from 20 to 50 years old. Syrah, Carignan, and Chenin are planted here on deep-reaching soil beds. These parcels were saved thanks to a monumental work as they were abandoned many years ago and required special attention to bring them back to life.
The second plot : 2ha around Montpeyroux consists of mosaic terroirs and grape varieties. Mourvèdre is planted here on red clay, Grenache and Carignan on yellow clay, Cinsault on stony limestone.
Organic vineyard practices are a priority and remain the founding principles to the health of the domaine, privileging work done by hand.
Cellar: From vine to bottling, everything is done to respect the natural qualities of the fruit and wines. The harvest is done by hand. The grapes are sorted by lot and then returned to the cellar. They are then de-stemmed for traditional macerations, de-seeded for carbonic maceration and all is gravity-fed. “I have little intervention in the cellar, which implies a rigorous follow-up and meticulousness of each stage of the creation of the wines. I only use yeasts naturally present on the grapes to ensure the vinification, combined with some pumping or pigeages.”
All wines are aged in used barrels or fiber vats.
Wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling.
Le Petit Domaine wines are available direct-to-consumer in the US via the online natural wine club, MYSA Natural Wine : https://mysa.wine/
Consider yourself a lucky one to get your hands on a bottle or two from Le Petit Domaine – quantities are extremely limited!