Lover of nature, wine, and above all, life, Alexandre Durand created the petite domaine Pèira Levada, or “Raised Stones” in Occitain (a nod to the plethora of marble menhirs in the vineyard), in 2018. The son of a Bergerac winemaker, his experience spans the university as well as the field, where he met his partner—Italian oenologist and fellow winemaker Sybil Baldassare—in 2010. In 2014, the pair made the conscious choice of Faugères for their own vineyards, having fallen in love with the 360-degree views (and illustrious schist terroir). Here, Alex cultivates 4.5 hectares of vines, separated into ten tiny parcels situated around the commune of Laurens. Grown on soils of schist, marble and limestone, the vines are the beneficiaries of a permanent plant cover, with the use of biodynamic practices contributing to the vibrant flora and fauna of the vineyard.
Following hand-harvesting and (the occasional) destemming by hand, fiberglass tanks are used in the cellar—their porous nature allowing for shorter maturation periods. The grapes are left to macerate, typically without the employment of any extraction methods. No additives, sulfur, fining or filtration are ever used.
“When one has experienced the emotions that can be evoked by a fine natural wine, that which is alive, that has a spirit, there is no turning back!”
AMERICAN IDIOT 2019
Country:France Region: Languedoc Appellation: Vin de France Grape variety: 100% Cinsault Style:Red ABV:11% by vol. Vineyard size/yield: 45hl/ha Soil: Clay-limestone Average age of vines: 55 years Farming: Dry-farmed. Certified organic Harvest: By hand Vinification: Destemmed. One-month maceration (infusion) without any extractions. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining. No filtration. Bottled Spring 2020. Aging: Fiberglass tanks Sulfur added: None