A young producer in the Kermit Lynch portfolio, Maxime has gained a tremendous following since founding his domaine in 2002. A true garagiste, Maxime’s family was never part of a historical domaine nor was he bequeathed extensive vineyard holdings. After training under Jean Foillard in Beaujolais, Maxime took the leap to Corbières and managed to revive vines in abandoned plots, he rents his cellar space, ages in neutral barrels from Burgundian producers, and oversees his entire eleven hectares of holdings all himself. The ‘Campagnès’ is a field blend comprised mostly of Carignan but includes Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Gris, Macabou, and Terret. The concept of ‘field blend’ is when all the grapes are fermented in the same tanks, instead of fermenting and barrel aging the varietals separately and then building a blend before bottling. All very much a similar process to his 'Rozeta' wine but the vines in the 'Campagnès' are 100 plus years old. Certified organic and practicing bio-dynamics, Maxime also uses sheep to graze the vineyards and keep weeds under control. Fermentation is done using whole clusters and no sulfur is used during that process, just a touch before bottling. Pair with turkey, duck, roasted pork, madras curry, butternut squash, roasted leeks, and shitake mushrooms.
Label I.Q.: To be labeled Corbières there must be two authorized red varieties in the blend.