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Nicolas Renaud, a former history and geography teacher, was exposed to wine at a young age growing up near Avignon, as his father was passionate about wine and often shared his passion with his son. In 2002, Nicolas had the chance to taste the wines of Eric Pfifferling in his cellar, he knew that he wanted to make natural wine. He worked for two years with Vieille Julienne in Châteauneuf-du-Pape before he started making his own wine in 2008 in Rochefort-du-Gard.
Nicolas has plots of land that would be in the Côtes du Rhône and Tavel appellations. He has a considerable amount of old vines: some are up to 120 years old! In addition to growing well known grapes such as Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre, he also possesses some grapes that are hard to find anywhere else, such as Picpoul Gris (only 5 hectares exist in France!), Picardan, Bourboulenc, and Clairette Gris, among others. Yields are low, typically between 20-25 Hl/Ha. No additives are used in the wine making process, and typically less than 1g/L of sulfites are added at bottling, if any at all.
There is an indescribable purity that is found in the wines of Nicolas.