Poivre d’Âne

Region: Southern France – Vin de France, Côtes du Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Farming: Organic & Biodynamic, certified
Hectares: N/A
Soil Types: Limestone, Clay, Galets ( pebbles )
Altitude: 200m – 450m
Annual Production: c. 60,000 bottles

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In 2013, two winemakers ( from Mas des Agrunelles near Montpellier ) and a wine merchant, longtime friends, founded Poivre d’Ane with one purpose – to make affordable “living” wines trying new grape varieties where possible and new terroirs thanks to collaborations with other winemakers and friends.

Poivre d’Ane does not own any vineyards but has partner vine growers across the region who share the values of the owners and the current winemaker, Benjamin Saraïs. In Benjamin’s own words: “We produce fresh and easy living wines. Each grape variety goes in different tanks and is vinified with its own yeasts. More risks but more interest. No products are added during ferementation.”

Benjamin works mostly with gentle extractions of the grape matter, with no long contact with the skins for example and a gentle infusion-style fermentation. This helps preserve freshness and also keep alcohol levels lower than is common in this part of the world. Malolactic fermentation is completed for all wines and there is no filtering before bottling when a tiny addition of SO2 may take place ( or not, depending on the wine and vintage… ).

We are so pleased to represent the wines of Poivre d’Ane in the UK market and their bag in box wines are the “house” wines of some of our wholesale customers such is the quality here.