Petit domaine de gimios
Saint Jean de Minervois - Languedoc
Anne-Marie Lavaysse and her son Pierre bought their farm in the hamlet of Gimios in 1993. The vineyards attached to the farm were abandoned, unworked and had not been treated with chemicals. Anne-Marie decided to continue this and only uses concoctions made from plants that grow among the vines to protect and fortify them. In the winery they do not add anything to the wine at any stage.
The plateau of Gimios is made up of rough limestone full of fossils – their old vines of Muscat Petit Grain, Grenache, Cinsault, Aramon and Alicante (to name a few) give the impression that they pierce straight through the rock, which in fact they do. The yield of the vines is extremely low. Pierre (BMXer, snowboarder, DJ, vigneron) has been involved in the vines and the winery from the beginning but has started to take over from Anne-Marie and continues the work in the same spirit.