Like many new winegrowers, Leïla Pailhès has gone from a wine lover to a winemaker. She came to wine through tastings, with an increasingly strong predilection for natural wine, and she took the plunge in the 2010s by learning about viticulture and winemaking with winegrowers like Jean-Yves Péron or Julien Guillot.
It was in 2018 that Leïla Pailhès created her own domaine, called Mille et Une Nuits, with the project – even before being able to buy her own vines – to produce cuvées from harvest purchases. In her small cellar located in the South-West in Simorre (Gers), she vinifies grapes chosen for their character and quality (organic cultivation without inputs) and purchased from neighboring regions, Gers but also the Tarn or Haute-Garonne. From the beginning, she opted for maceration for all of her grapes - whether white or red, maceration with the skins, in whole bunches and/or partially destemmed - in terracotta amphoras (originating from Spain), according to a strictly natural process. Aging is carried out, depending on the wine, in amphoras or barrels. The resulting wines are very personal, rare cuvées, with intense aromatic profiles and a full texture marked by a tannic and mineral structure.