On their land of Gimios, a locality which adjoins Saint-Jean-de-Minervois, Anne-Marie Lavaysse and her son Pierre practice natural wine without any restrictions: it is first and foremost a philosophy of life, that which puts harmony and freedom at the forefront of the agricultural approach. Between Anne-Marie Lavaysse – and now her son Pierre – and nature, the relationship can be summed up in one word: harmony. In the vineyards, the vegetable garden or the orchard, everything breathes a balance that is transmitted to the wines.
At first a polyculturalist, Anne-Marie acquired vines in 1993-94, with 5 hectares on the terroir of Saint-Jean-de-Minervois with limestone soil ideal for the finest variety of Muscat, Muscat ) Petits Grains, but also for Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, and various red grape varieties that are little used or little valued, such as Aramon or Terret Rose. She quickly moved from the cooperative to the development, from 1999, of her own wines. No treatments find favour in her eyes, not even sulfur and copper against vine diseases, and she practices very free, plant-based biodynamics. It is the vine's capacity to protect itself that regulates its health and allows – at very low yields (10/12 hl/ha) – them to harvest healthy and ripe grapes essential for natural vinification, without intervention. From there are born pure, luminous wines.
Petit Domaine de Gimios - Anne-Marie & Pierre Lavaysse wines
14 varieties of old prephylloxeric vines from the...
Petit Domaine de Gimios - Anne-Marie & Pierre Lavaysse