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In the Neolithic period, the Villafranchian Terraces of the heights of Paulhan were inhabited by the men who operated the copper mines of Cabrières... Did they grow organic!?... Then the Greeks and then the Romans came to plant the vines, Clairette, Muscat and Bourboulenc. Since then, Paulhan's winegrowers have continued the tradition. Le clos Sainte Pau....Lire plus Learn more
In the Neolithic period, the Villafranchian Terraces of the heights of Paulhan were inhabited by the men who operated the copper mines of Cabrières... Did they grow organic!?... Then the Greeks and then the Romans came to plant the vines, Clairette, Muscat and Bourboulenc. Since then, Paulhan's winegrowers have continued the tradition. Clos Sainte Pauline is located in the commune of Paulhan between the Hérault River to the south and the A75 to the north, on 30 hectares. The terroir is divided into three sequences, each of which bears a particular signature that allows our wines to find an original identity. - The Villafranchian Terraces of the Pliocene in the north and northeast between 70 and 90m altitude, which produce the red Languedoc and Pézenas (Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache Noir and Syrah). - The Miocene Clay and Limestone hills to the northwest between 50 and 60m above sea level, which produce Clairettes, Languedoc Blancs and fine Syrah in PDO. - The Galets Roulés du Quaternaire in the south at an altitude of 40m, which includes a large majority of the grape varieties used for PGIs. The vines are made up of: indigenous or neighbouring grape varieties (Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Clairette, Roussane, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Vermentino) for the AOP Pézenas, Languedoc Rouges et Blancs and Clairette. As well as other known or recognized grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Petit Grains) for OC PGIs. Le Clos Sainte-Pauline produces between 1200 and 1500hl of wines but only 300 hl, for the moment, are vinified in our cellar in Paulhan, the objective being to produce "authentic" wines where the terroir expresses all its potential, without artifices ! The grapes are harvested by hand in crates in order to preserve each grain up to the cellar and to vinify certain vintages in whole bunches. The first wines of Clos Sainte-Pauline are available since the beginning of 2018 vinified in Organic in Nature and Without Added Sulphites. Mas de Lupéria 4.5 hectares is located between Neffiès and Vailhan at an altitude of 240m on an exceptional terroir composed of Glacier Grezes resulting from the erosion of the various geological layers since the Primary period (450 million years ago in Denovien). This nugget composed of schists, flint limestone, ochre and red sandstone, mica, quartz, dolomite, carbon and other trace elements, was shaped in the Quaternary under the influence of the rising volcanoes to create this fault whose soil depth is about 50m from a draining and calcareous soil.This terroir deserves exceptional grape varieties (Carignan Blanc et Gris, Terret Blanc et Gris, Clairette "pointue", Piquepoul Blanc et Gris, Bourboulenc, Alvarinho...) in mass selection and/or frank of vine stock where the tension of the wines will be combined with the warmth of the garrigues. The planting of the Mas de Lupéria vines began in April 2017 with the Carignan Blanc et Gris and will end in 2020. The first wines will be available in 2022 and will be vinified in Nature. The two estates Clos Sainte-Pauline and Mas de Lupéria are in conversion to Bio and Biodynamics, Mas de Lupéria is planted according to the principles of Permaculture, the wines are Natural, Without Added Sulphites and Vegan.
The adventure began in 2010 with a common passion between a father and his son, Alain and Camille MALARD. Alain has been a consultant in Viticulture-Oenology since 1993 in many prestigious vineyards (Loire Valley, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Languedoc and Bordeaux), he bought the land of the future Mas de Lupéria in 1998 to plant it in retirement.... Camille after a three-year career as a parachutist at the 8th RPIMA in Castres, enters the BTS in Viticulture-Oenology in 2010 at La Tour Blanche in alternation in her father's consulting company. In 2012, BTS in his pocket, he made his first (or second) steps in different fields in Languedoc. Together, they decided to create the Mas de Lupéria and set out to research the future plants that will make up the 4.5 hectares of the vineyard. As they meet many winegrowers, they select different plots of old vines that will serve as collections for the production of the plants... In 2016, the first plants of Carignan Blancs and Gris were harvested and grafted in English for one part and in franc de pied for another... By chance, they arrived in August 2016 at Clos Sainte-Pauline in Paulhan, the owner wanted to stop his activity, Alain was born in Paulhan and made his first harvests at the age of 11 in his own vineyards, Camille has lived in Paulhan since 2012. Time to agree on the conditions and in January 2017 Alain and Camille created the Vignoble Camille and Alain MALARD by integrating the Clos Saint-Pauline and the Mas de Lupéria...
Salvador Dali said that "To make a great wine, you need a madman to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make the wine and a lover to drink it". We have made it our philosophy, a little madness, a bit of wisdom and lucidity, a lot of poetry, loving and making wine loved.... A whole program that we strive to apply on a daily basis.