Ardeche

Christophe and Hélène Comte

Christophe and Helene ComteHusband-and-wife team Christophe and Hélène work biodynamically but with common sense, doing only what is needed in the vineyard, and working with utmost fastidiousness in the cellar. They are the third generation to run Les Vigneaux, which is located in the southeast of France in the Ardeche in the town of Valvignères (the Romans named this valley of the vines), between Montelimar and Aubenas, close to Vallon Pont d’Arc.

Christophe and Hélène farm 15 acres, which includes Chardonnay and Viognier for the whites, and Syrah, Grenache, Merlot and Pinot Noir for the reds. They believe in respecting the earth and in leaving a fertile, healthy environment for future generations. Taking into account lunar influences, their aim is to increase energy in the vines and stimulate its natural defenses. Their goal is to find a balance and let the land speak through the wine. They vinify using native yeasts and use little or no sulfur. The vines are planted on clay-limestone and marl. Their living, fruit-focused wines are bottled without fining or filtration and are full of character.