There is definitely more to Volvic than just water! Vincent Marie set up shop there in 2012, after having worked with Bruno Schueller in Alsace in particular. He explores the different facets of Gamay d'Auvergne through his cuvées Fusion, Rockaille Billy, or Délire du Désordre, wines with Rock'n'Roll names that will not leave anyone indifferent...
|Cultivated grapes||Gamay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Auxerrois, Chardonnay...|
|Our favorites||Magma Rock, Les Crosses, Heavencider|
Originally from Normandy, Vincent Marie began his career far from the vineyards, in sports marketing. His first discovery of natural wines in 2003 gradually led him to change direction...
With his BTS in wine-making in hand, it was in Alsace, with Patrick Meyer and Bruno Schueller, that he began his career as an intern, before being attracted to the work of Patrick Bouju in Auvergne, whom work he admired. In 2012, he decided to settle in the Puy-de-Dôme region, and acquired his first 1.5 hectares of vines in Volvic, a town known worldwide for its water and volcanoes.
Over the years, this volcanic activity has given the local terroir a variety of rare richness, depth and energy, which explains Vincent's infatuation with his adopted land. In 2015, the first vines were added to those of Château de Tournoël, bringing the surface area of the estate to nearly 5 hectares. Although he mainly grows "Beaujolais" Gamay and its local version, the Gamay d'Auvergne, recognisable by its more pronounced acidity and longer ripening cycle, Vincent can also count on Pinot Noir, Syrah, or Damas Noir, and a few white grape varieties, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Auxerrois, which are at the origin of his cuvée Les Crosses.
The soils are worked manually, with the help of a horse, and as rarely as possible. The viticulture, which favours grassing, is organic and biodynamic, with total respect for the living world and local biodiversity.
In the cellar, Vincent applies himself to vinify as naturally as possible, whole bunches for certain vintages, partial destemming for others, tuns brought from Alsace for gentle maturing and above all no products or additions, in the purest respect of his No Control philosophy!
His juices, frank, fresh and generous, resemble the character of the wine, true, lively, full of energy and vivacity.
The names of the different vintages are evocative of Vincent's passion for music... Tournoël Riot, Magma Rock, CBGB as in the famous New York club, or Bullette dans ta Tête, a reference to the title of a band he particularly likes, Rage Against The Machine.
This Rock'n'Roll framework also accompanies Vincent in his wine making and if you have the opportunity to visit his cellar in Volvic, the treat will work for the ears as much as for the taste buds...