Gergovie Wines
Petit Domaine de Gimios
Saint Jean de Minervois – Languedoc
Hectares:
5 (yields of 10-14hl/ha!)

Soil:
Limestone

Wines:
Muscat Moelleux - 2013
Rosé de Gimios - 2013
Rouge de Causse - 2013

Pierre Lavaysse

Anne-Marie Lavaysse and her son Pierre lived on a farm and made cheese near Carcassonne. Sadly the farmhouse burnt down. They bought their farm in the hamlet of Gimios in 1993. The vineyards attached to the farm were abandoned, unworked and had not been treated with chemicals. Anne-Marie decided to continue this and only uses tisanes made from plants that grow among the vines to protect and fortify them. In the winery they do not add anything to the wine at any stage.

The plateau of Gimios is made up of rough limestone full of fossils – their old vines of Muscat Petit Grain, Grenache, Cinsault, Aramon and Alicante (to name a few) give the impression that they pierce straight through the rock and in fact they do. It is no surprise that the yield of the vines is extremely low. Pierre (climber, BMXer, snowboarder, DJ, vigneron) has been involved in the vines and the winery from the beginning and recently has started to take over from Anne-Marie but continues in the same spirit.