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Located next to the Montagne Noire, in the foothills of the Massif Central, the Maison Ventenac vineyard is located 10 km from Carcassonne, in the heart of the Cabardès AOC.Lire plus Learn more
The vines of Maison Ventenac are planted on hillsides at an altitude of 200 metres and benefit from a very special soil structure. It was formed 50 million years ago: a vein of white limestone, of lake origin, from which the wines draw their mineral, salty and fresh side. A dozen grape varieties flourish in this way ...
Classified as AOC or IGP, all the parcels are pampered identically, even if the heart of the Ramé is leaning towards Cabernet Franc for the red and Chenin for the white. My first found here, terroir at its feet, in an elegant, rich, fine and very regular style. My second has been replanted to give top-of-the-range juices.
The entire vineyard is being taken care of and is in conversion to organic farming (last year). Beyond the Ecocert certification to come from the 2021 vintage, the estate is committed to the method of sexual confusion and the suppression of chemical inputs in the soil.
After taking over from Alain Maurel, Olivier and Stéphanie Ramé rethink the estate's winemaking activities and make the Maison Ventenac the flagship of the Cabardès appellation. In the vineyard as well as at home, the couple are working hard to restore the Languedoc appellation to its former glory, in memory of the work Stéphanie's father did with them.
Together, the couple, with their youth, innovate and refine the techniques of vineyard cultivation and winemaking. Olivier and Stéphanie modernise and invest heavily to increase tenfold the quality of the wines they produce. Their common goal leads them in this work: to respect the land, going far beyond the specifications of organic viticulture.
After 3 years of experimentation, Olivier has just released a range of 4 vintages that express what he believes to be the soul of the House of Ventenac. They are called "Les Dissidents": very cheeky, numbered (2,500 to 6,000 bottles) and (de)classified as Vin de France.
Each one has its own character, with no make-up thanks to millimetre-scale breeding, carried out in 2,000-litre tuns or even 150 or 500-litre jars. In the key? Uncompromising, precise, straightforward juices.