A few kilometres from Montpellier, near the town of Sète, this is where Mylène Bru cultivates her secret garden, vines planted on terroirs with a fresh limestone soil and a southern flavour, bathed in sun and sea air. This magic formula is also at the origin of the unique character of her wines, true garrigue juice.
|Cultivated grapes||Chasselas, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah...|
|Certification||Organic agriculture (AB)|
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Born in the Corbières, into a family of winegrowers, wine runs in Mylène Bru's veins. In 2008, she took the step of starting her own business, a little further north, in the Languedoc.
During a walk on the heights of Sète, she noticed a path of white stones that led to old vines of Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah and Chasselas. Chalky soils, a rarity in the region, about fifteen small plots surrounded by aromatic herbs, pine trees and gently ventilated by the breezes coming from the Mediterranean. The landscape is heavenly.
In the middle of the garrigue, the vineyard is like an oasis of greenery, where holm oak, juniper, thyme, rosemary, lavender and honeysuckle grow side by side. Mentholated, peppery and wild notes are found in Mylène's wines, carried by the subtle and delicate freshness of the terroir. The soil is pure limestone, white and light, similar to talcum powder, a remnant of the sea that once occupied the area.
Mylène, with the help of her partner Bruno, started the adventure with very little means, recovering an estate without running water or electricity, where she built her wine cellar resolutely turned towards the outside, to take advantage of every moment of sunshine during vinification, a secret that the late Stefano Bellotti would have told her.
In the vineyard, plant cover and biodiversity are encouraged, the soil is worked with a horse and fed with manure from the neighbouring sheepfold, everything is done by hand and treatments are limited as much as possible for these isolated vines whose only neighbours are partridges, lizards and wild rabbits.
In the cellar, the wines are vinified as naturally as possible, in the open air. A small vertical wooden press, for fresh and floral results, with a silky touch and supple tannins. The juices are nevertheless powerful and deep, with a hint of iodine and scents that are undoubtedly reminiscent of the beautiful landscapes for which Mylène fell in love.
When she acquired the estate in 2008, Mylène was surprised to find Chasselas, a very rare grape variety in the region, which her predecessors had grown as a table grape, not finding it noble enough to be vinified.
Determined to do otherwise, Mylène went to Switzerland, the cradle of the grape variety, and met Marie-Thérèse Chappaz in the Valais, on the slopes of Fully. It was there that she learned to understand the Chasselas grape variety and discovered its beauty and richness of possibilities. It was decided that the grapes from the estate would never again end up on a table!