The Story

 

Les Enfants Sauvages came about rather by accident after Carolin and Nikolaus' search for a place in the sun resulted in them falling in love with this property with 8 hectares of vines near Fitou. A far cry from their life in Germany where Nikolaus worked in his family's leather business. Carolin converted from architecture to take a course in Oenology and Enfants Sauvages was born.

Why Les Enfants Sauvages? Simply put, as a tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors. The duo behind the wines drew inspiration from The Doors’ song “Wild Child”—about finding salvation in the wild state of nature—and they took the French translation for their name.

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The People

Carolin & Nikolaus

With such care and attention to detail, you might expect Carolin and Nikolaus to have spent a lifetime in vineyards. But, in fact, they wandered into the world of wine nearly by accident. Carolin was an architect while Nikolaus ran the family leather business back in Germany.

This philosophy runs through their work, as the winemakers nurture more than just their vines, but the natural environment itself.

"Human existence depends on a respect for nature.”

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The Place

France, Roussillon

The vineyard is 30 km north of Perpignan, 5 km from the Mediterranean as the crow flies, and 150 m above sea level.

Grouped in two plots of land in the midst of natural wild "garrigue" vegetation. This protects the vineyard from undesirable influences such as sprayed chemicals and diseases. Instead, the vineyards are surrounded by almond, fig, and olive trees and the aromatic herbs so typical of the garrigue - thyme and rosemary.

The total area is 12 hectares, of which 8 are cultivated at present on limestone. 

The grapes are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, with remedies instead limited to plants like camomile and nettle. Each vine gets individual attention, with leaves, shoots and even sometimes grapes removed, all by hand, to maintain their health. In fact, the only modern equipment used in the process is at the winemaking stage itself, but only as a means of encouraging natural processes to occur.

They bottled their first vintage in 2002, and the rest is history!

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