Véronique Souloy and Anthony Guix started Matin Calme in 2006 (the same year we started Thirst!) when they bought an extraordinary vineyard of more than 100-year-old Carignan and Grenache Noir vines around Belesta in Roussillon. Located at 1,500 feet above sea level, the soils here are granite, schist and gneiss. They’re able to grow fully mature grapes of great density and from them produce vibrant, living wines that are lower in alcohol and yet have good acidity.
Matin Calme’s viticulture is certified organic (by Ecocert) and the soils are tilled by hand. Their yields are very, very low (20 hectoliters/hectare) and they harvest by hand. They gently press their grapes in a vertical press. The wine is never pumped and the fermentation is completed with only the natural yeasts. They don’t add SO2 in the fermentation process, in some vintages use none at all, and they don’t fine or filter.