Les Vingerons D'Estezargues, Rhone
Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is a co-operative cellar in the small town of Estézargues that is located near Avignon. Les Vignerons D’Estézargues is truly unique in the wine world. All over France, the co-op still plays a very important role in the production and sale of wine. Co-ops receive grapes from members and then make wines from them, these wines are made in large batches and grapes from many different vineyards are vinified together; the focus is on producing wine in quantity. Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues takes a fundamentally different approach; starting in 1995 the ten different growers in this co-op began to vinify their wine separately and make single cuvées from their best plots. On the heels of the single cuvée evolution Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues began to practice natural winemaking. Possibly one of the only co-ops in the world to do so, Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues uses no external yeasts, no filtering, no fining and no enzymes are employed on the grapes during the winemaking process. Michael Trebillon is one of the winemakers behind Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues, he grows the fruit for Domaine les Genestas, and Denis Deschamps makes the wine, where their collective efforts have been hailed by wine lovers and critics around the world.