Le Casot Des Mailloles
Created more than 10 years ago, Le Casot des Mailloles is a 5 hectares estate nestled on the steep walled terraces overhanging the town of Banyuls. Alain Castex – previously winemaker during 15 years in Corbières – and Ghislaine Magnier – former Parisian city dweller – are the talented winemakers of the estate.
In the vineyards, everything is done according to biodynamic principles (certified Ecocert) by the duo who only work by hand (manual harvests, short pruning, etc.). The vines are mainly very old ones with low yields and are planted on schists soils. The winemaking is done in a tiny winery settled in a former Citroen garage they found 15 days before their very first harvest. The wines are usually aged in old oak barrels and there are not fined nor filtrated before bottling. Also, no sulphites are added at any step of producing the wines.
With barely 5,000 bottles produced each year, Le Casot des Mailloles is one of the smallest estates of the Banyuls appellation. Also, some might wonder what does "casot" mean? Well, it refers to the traditional vineyard stone shelters that dot the Banyuls vineyards slopes in the area and in which winemakers used to take refuge from the strong winds of the Tramontane and the bad weather.