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Domaine Coudoulis

(34 ratings)
The jewel of the Lirac appellation

"To adapt to its terroir, to bring the vine to life so that it can offer us the best". I try to be as authentic as possible: no fertilizer, no weedkiller, picking and sorting by hand is a choice... And when you get to know such an estate, it's an obligation."

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Established on a terrace, Domaine Coudoulis overlooks the town of Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres. With a magnificent view of the medieval castle on one side, and an unobstructed view of Mont Ventoux on the other... Every day we must be at the height of this treasure: 28 hectares in one piece where the famous rolled pebbles abound. A fabulous terroir!

Our story

In 1996, I decided to change my life. I have always wanted to make wine and I was looking for an estate with a strong terroir potential. My first contact with Domaine Coudoulis went beyond my expectations: I saw in it the possibility of writing a strong and authentic story over time, even if, for some, it was necessary to be a little crazy to be interested, at that time, in the vines of the Lirac appellation. It must be understood that when this operation was discovered, bottling was not a priority. But in my opinion, Domaine Coudoulis could and should compete with the greatest appellations in the Rhône Valley. Of course, this is not done in a snap. The first few years, I had to learn the trade day after day, with humility. In the early 2000s, I asked Patrick Hilaire to join me. He had a great experience as a cellar master and as an operations manager. Above all, we very quickly reached agreement on our vision of the field and the business. In 2010, one morning, when we arrived at the Domaine, we understood that we had to start from scratch if we wanted to be totally in step with our ambitions: so I decided to rethink and rebuild the winemaking cellar from A to Z. It was quite a work in progress! But the result is there, the tool is the one we dreamed of. This allows us to focus on the essential: our wines. And then, the pleasure of the job that comes in is also to be able to have a constant quality requirement year after year.

Other little stories

What do I like best about my job as a winegrower? Being in touch with the elements is a necessity for me. I am first and foremost an Earthman. And being in the middle of the vineyards every morning brings me this privileged contact with nature... with its gifts and whims... Perhaps what I like most of all in this profession is that wine is a story of encounters. I would say it's "a man's story". A wine is a collective adventure. Nothing is certain, with each vintage, we start from scratch. There is never any guarantee. It is part of the winegrower's pleasure and stress!My best memory? There are several of them. The first vintage, of course, is a very moving moment. There are also the first awards from the profession and wine lovers. We come back to this notion of meeting: a wine, to express itself, to grow, must meet men and women who will share the fruit of your work... There are also all these unspeakable moments, as for example for our 2015 vintage. At the beginning of the vinification, when the aromas began to invade the cellar, we knew that we had a very great future vintage...

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Domaine Coudoulis
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