Organically farmed since 2002, our vineyards are mechanically weeded, the soil is tilled, organic fertilizers are applied and organic matter is returned to the soil. Homeopathic doses of biodynamic preparations are applied regularly. Official certification is in progress.
Individual bunches are hand harvested into crates in the cool of the morning, to arrive at the winery at low temperature. The costs of hand harvest are three times that for machine harvest but we feel it is worthwhile to start the winemaking process with grapes in perfect condition.
The use of indigenous yeasts, those that are naturally present on the grapes, allows the fermentation process to start and progress at its own speed. Our only intervention is temperature control via the cooling system integrated into our stainless steel tanks.
Maturation takes place in old 600 litre barrels of French oak from the Allier region.
Only a small proportion of new oak is introduced into the chais every year. Wines like
to pass the winter in wood.
Welcome to Aubai Mema
REAL WINES...NATURE'S WAY
Aubais is a medieval village south of Nimes, in the Languedoc. In the past the villagers were proud to say that they were from Aubais itself
('Aubai Mema' in Provençal) not just the surrounding county. In
2002, I adopted the expression for my new domaine with equal pride.
My long held ambition to make wine became a reality when 10 hectares of vineyards in the outlying Liverna valley were purchased. Protected from the worst of the weather by wooded hills and garrigues, 60 year old Carignan and Grenache vines, and more recently planted
Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier, have been cultivated on organic lines from the outset. Official certification is in progress.
My aim is to create real “vins de terroir” that explore what each grape variety can express in
terms of fruit imprinted with the character of their surroundings. The terroir is limestone and clay based on rock formations that date back 93 million years.
Hand picked bunches of grapes arrive at our modern winery in crates, where temperature-controlled stainless steel vats allow the exclusive use of natural yeasts, and also optimal sulphite use. Barrel-ageing in new and used French oak demi-muids follows.
Minimal intervention, and maximum expression.
Real Wines, Nature’s Way...from Aubais itself.
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