Alain Chabanon

France - Lagamas

Alain Chabanon is the child of two teachers, and the closest he got to understanding using natural techniques was as a child when he was editor of a nature magazine made by his schoolmates. Initially, Chabanon studied agronomy in Bordeaux in order to raise Aubrac cattle, but after a work placement on a vineyard, he changed career course to focus on winemaking. At first he worked alongside Alain Brumont from Madiran, and directed a wine producers’ co-operative in the Gard. It was only after he posted a wanted advert in the late-1980s that he found a plot in Montpeyroux suitable for his needs, and in 1992 he produced his first wine.

Today, Chabanon has 17 hectares of vineyards across the villages of Montpeyroux, Saint-Saturnin, Jonquières, Lagamas and Saint-André-de-Sangonis, allowing vines to develop over a variety of domains in the arid, stony soils, just below the Larzac’s stone plateau. These are situated in a perfect environment, with a cool dryness preventing the growth of diseases. It may come as little surprise that synthetic chemicals are left aside, but the same can also be said of organic treatments – they are avoided as they are unnecessary. Chabanon believes that the vines must find their nutrition from the soils themselves, even if only a small yield can be produced. Dung compost is used, and a homeopathic dose of silica is added to the water before it is filtered and sprayed onto crops.                  

Grapes are picked by hand, based on the lunar calendar, between 7am and midday, when the weather is coolest. Grape sorting takes place in the afternoons. The wild yeast used for fermentation is found naturally on the skins of the grapes.

“Man is not all powerful,” said Chabanon. “Biodynamics opens our eyes and invites us to look at what is happening in the world around us.”

Domaine Alain Chabanon was certified organic in 2002 and biodynamic in 2011.

Alain Chabanon Winelist

Vintages & Larger Formats

NAME PRICE Size VINTAGE
VDP d'OC "Le Petit Trelans" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
VDP d'OC "Trelans" Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
VDP d'OC "Trelans" Login Bottle (75cl) 2009
Coteaux du Languedoc "Tremier" Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
VDP d'OC "Le Petit Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
VDP d'OC "Le Petit Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Coteaux du Languedoc "Campredon" Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Coteaux du Languedoc "Campredon" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Coteaux du Languedoc "Campredon" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Coteaux du Languedoc "Campredon" Login Magnum (150cl) 2012
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Bottle (75cl) 2012
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Magnum (150cl) 2010
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Bottle (75cl) 2009
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Bottle (75cl) 2003
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Magnum (150cl) 2001
Coteaux du Languedoc "Les Boissieres" Login Magnum (150cl) 2000
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2011
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Magnum (150cl) 2010
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2009
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2008
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2007
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2006
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2005
Coteaux du Languedoc "L'Esprit de Fond Caude" Login Bottle (75cl) 2001
VDP d'OC "Le Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
VDP d'OC "Le Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2012
VDP d'OC "Le Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2011
VDP d'OC "Le Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2008
VDP d'OC "Le Merle aux Alouettes" Login Magnum (150cl) 2007
VDP d'OC "Le Merle aux Alouettes" Login Bottle (75cl) 2006
Coteaux du Languedoc "Saut de Cote" Login Bottle (75cl) 2008

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