The brainchild of Jean-Baptiste Granier, this ’boutique’ sized operation is essentially a mini-cooperative, comprising a ‘collective’ of four vignerons with old vines on the high terraces above the village of St.Privat with the passion of Granier’s passion for small-scale, low intervention winemaking. Granier grew up in a vine-growing family, and through his father and grandfather he developed a deep respect for the traditional, natural methods of farming. After studying viticulture and oenology he worked for Olivier Jullien, the genius of Larzac, and it was during his travels in the communes that make up the Terrasses de Larzac appellation that he discovered the parcels of fabulous old vines that inspired the pair to start Les Vignes Oubliées. Jullien stayed long enough to see the project set up before standing back and allowing Granier to take the reins.

The wines of the Terrasses de Larzac benefit from their location at the meeting point between the cool airs of the Larzac Plateau and the Mediterranean warmth of the Languedoc, which combine with the schist, clay and limestone soils to give wines that have unusual freshness and delicacy, silky tannins yet warmth and garrigue-herb scented generosity. They are also proving to be the most ageworthy wines of the Languedoc.


LES VIGNES OUBLIÉS Terrasses de Larzac


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