Domaine Benjamin Taillandier
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Country of Origin: France
Location: Minervois, Languedoc
People: Benjamin Taillandier, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Certified Organic
After graduating school with a degree in enology, Benjamin Taillandier spent some time working in a conventional winery. In 2004, however, he met natural winemaker Jean-Baptiste Senat and began working with him in his cellar. He was influenced by Senat’s ideas and techniques. After his stage ended, he knew that he wanted to make his wine with a similar philosophy one day.
In 2007 he settled in his family’s hometown of Caunes-Minervois, which sits between the ancient city of Carcassone and The Montagne Noir. He purchased 5.7ha of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault and Terret Gris. He began working it organically, eventually converting all of it over to biodynamics. Each year he added a plot to his estate, and now he works Ecocert certified 9.5 ha all by hand fully. He also runs a terrific wine bar downtown called Cantine du Curé, which is open during the summer tourist season.
Benjamin feels that many of the wines in the Minervois AOC are too concentrated and alcoholic, and works hard to make wines that, while full flavored, are lighter, fresher and lower in alcohol than most average wines from the Languedoc. Indeed, there is a level of liveliness in this wines that you seldom see in the wines of the region, Benjamin is happily introducing people to the concept of Minnervois "vin de soif."