Sisters Lucie and Nancy Fourel run Domaine Les 4 Vents, situated in Mercurol in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. In 2006, Lucie took over the Domaine, situated not far from her winegrowing parents. Lucie quickly certified her grapes as organic and released her first vintage in 2010.
In 2013, Lucie’s was joined at the Domaine by her sister Nancy. They strive to respect the environment, with their work in the vineyard and cellars simply seeking to help the grapes and the wines reflect their true character. For these reasons, harvesting is carried out entirely by hand, the wines are vinified using indigenous yeasts, with no chaptalisation, no acidification and no sulphites.
WHAT IS NATURAL WINE?
More a movement than a set of certified winemaking procedures, there are no rigid definitions of natural wine. Natural wines from different producers can be incredibly diverse, ranging in styles and profiles due to the varying production methods. The lack of legislation often frees winemakers to make expressive and interesting wines.
Natural wines are made with as minimal intervention as possible, be it the techniques, additives or everything in between. The goal is to get a wine made with minimal processing, natural yeast and no additional sulfites so that it serves as the best possible expression of the vineyard.
Now, there’s plenty of wriggle room here. Natural winemakers disagree on various practices, including adding some sulphites and filtering the finished wine. They agree on the basics, though: if treated sustainably, the vineyard can produce delicious wines using techniques that have existed for thousands of years. Natural methods can produce truly fantastic, complex wines, and the growing popularity of the movement means there is more choice than ever for the natural wine enthusiast.
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