winemaker : Ludovic Engelvin
City: Vic le Fesq
Grape varieties : grenache, mourvèdre
Surface Winery: 6 ha
Certification: organic wine (AB, Ecocert)
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|According to the common sense of the peasant, the vineyard of Ludovic Engelvin Its Winery is spread over three communes, north-west of Nîmes: Vicq-le-Fesq, which houses the winery in an old 12th century blue clay silkworm farm and 3 ha of vines (Grenache and Mouvèdre), Souvignargues and Aujargues for 3 other ha, exclusively Grenache. In this natural perspective, the raïole breed of hardy sheep from the Cévennes Piedmont was introduced to the farm in the autumn of 2013. Their presence favours the life of the soil. In addition to the presence of the ewes, the old vines intended for the production of fine wines are worked without any mechanical intervention. When necessary, the vines are treated with plant teas and essential oils. After sorting the grapes directly in the vineyard, the harvest is entirely manual and is carried out in small boxes in order to respect the integrity of the fruit. The vinification is carried out naturally, using indigenous yeasts, without any additives or sulphur. From the grape, full stop. In order to ensure the quality of his wines, bottling is done by gravity after an insignificant addition of sulphur of around 1 to 1.5 grams per hectolitre. But it is not by chance that he discovered the vineyard. His grandfather already made his own wine, for personal consumption. A few vines.||Later, in the popular "La Gazelle" neighbourhood, raised by his grandmother, it will be the first contact with Mother Earth. Ludovic could have done a thousand jobs, met a thousand other people, but it was the cultivation of the vine, a Mediterranean heritage, that caught his fancy as a teenager. It is his whole life that he will devote to Bacchus, from his third-year internship to a BTS in Viticulture and Oenology, in Nîmes, his city. Diplomas are not everything. Ludovic took his bundle to go and see elsewhere, even further south, in Spain, in the Rioja region. Discovery, doubts, hopes and above all the despair of discovering a grape pressing factory. Ludovic has other ideas, other excellences in mind. He quickly gets back on the road and allows himself a dream. He rings the doorbell of Didier Dagueneau. He is 19 years old. Dagueneau will say yes. It will be his army, his "companionship" too. These two years spent with this emblematic figure of the French vineyard will mark him for life. The experience is precious, dense, rich, not always easy; but it shows possible paths, paths to follow, or not. Nothing is simple, nothing is written. You have to write yourself. The choice will be made on a property in Vicq-le-Fesq, in his native South, about thirty kilometres from Nîmes. Back to the origins for the continuation of a trajectory begun the year of his 25th birthday.|