Languedoc-Roussillon

Benjamin Taillandier

Benjamin Taillandier

After finishing winemaking school, Benjamin spent some time working at a conventional winery. Then, in 2004, he met natural winemaker Jean-Baptiste Senat and began working with him in his cellar. Senat’s ideas and techniques made a deep impression. After his stage ended, he knew that when he began to make his own wine he would continue on a similar philosophical course.

In 2007, Benjamin settled in his hometown of Caunes-Minervois, which sits between the ancient city of Carcassone and The Montagne Noir. He purchased 5.7 hectares of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Terret Gris and immediately began working organically, eventually converting everything over to biodynamic farming. Each year, he added a plot when he found one that fit his approach. His estate has grown to 9.5 hectares, all of which is harvested by hand and fully Ecocert certified. He also runs a terrific wine bar called Cantine du Curé, which is open during the summer tourist season.

Benjamin is a bit of a contrarian among his neighbors. He feels that many of the wines in the Minervois are too concentrated and alcoholic. His response has been to work hard to make wines that are full of flavor but lighter, fresher, and lower in alcohol.  And indeed his wines have a liveliness and lightness that you seldom see in the wines of the region. Benjamin has created his own subgenre: Minervois vins de soif!