Languedoc-Roussillon, France: Boutinot Domaine de Vedilhan
Domaine de Vedilhan (pronounced 'Domaine de Ved-ee-ohn') is the estate of the Fayet family, a large and historic estate which traces its viticultural history back to the Roman era. Uniquely, a brook runs around the estate which provides much-needed water in this very hot climate, giving the wines their freshness and appeal. Vines are managed using the 'lutte raisonnée' method and terroir is a combination of limestone, sand and sea shale, meaning the vines dig deep for their nutrients and thus produce excellent quality grapes. 50% of the production from this Domaine is used for Boutinot wines. Since 1999, Boutinot winemakers have been working closely with the Fayet’s on all aspects of the production, from when to harvest to the exact blend or style of wines.