The Story

 

The name Domaine Causse Marines is derived from the domain’s geography: Causse after the rocky plateau of limestone and calcareous soil on which the vines grow, and Marines, the name of the river that flows by the estate.

The winery was started by Patrice Lescarret in 1993, he took over from a retiring farmer who also grew other crops and who was until then selling all his grapes to the local Coop.

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The People

Patrice & Virginie

Patrice Lescarret studied oenology in Bordeaux and jokes that after having learnt the wrong way around in the school and being paid for a few years to apply this conventional winemaking in other wineries, he now tries to vinify the right way. Patrice and Virginie do all the work themselves, taking vacations separately so as there's always one of them in the winery and to overlook the vineyard.

We can make organic wine without having long hair and smoking grass! One can do natural wines that don’t smell like a cow’s fart.” - Patrice Lescarret.

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The Place

South West France 

Domaine Causse Marines uses mainly indigenous grape varieties, such as Mauzac, Loin de L’OeilOndec and Braucol. They are grown on the principle of selection massale, a traditional way of growing vines that uses grafting of older vines rather than cloning. This means the vineyards are diverse, and in this case can trace their heritage back to the time of the Second World War.

The wines are produced using biodynamic principles, as certified by Demeter. This means that there is only a very limited amount of intervention, fining and filtration are kept to a minimum and only a small level of sulphites are used. The grapes are all harvested by hand to ensure only the finest are used in the process.

When Lescarret first bought the estate from a retired farmer in 1993, it covered 8 hectares of land. It has since grown to 15 hectares and produces an average yield of around 35 hl/hectare.

The wines are a perfect reflection of their terroir, and the traditional means of their production makes for unique, authentic flavours.

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