Grapes: Muscat Alexandrie + Muscat petit grains
Region: Roussillon, Banyuls sur mer
Soils: Schist + Mica Schist
Vinification: Muscat of Alexandria (80%) in carbonic maceration for 12 days and
Muscat petit grain (20%) in direct pressing. The grapes are picked under maturity in
order to keep the acidity and freshness of these grape varieties
Aging: Fiber glass
Fining or Filtering: None
Notes from the Importer: La Cave Apicole is based in the old cooperative cellar of Montner, a little village in the valley of Agly in the terroir of Fenouilledes. As a beekeeper, Sylvain Respaut settled down in the valley of Agly in 2007 with 200 beehives. After meeting with some new wave winemakers from the area (Latour de France) he made the decision to become one himself.
In 2009 he bought a few hectares of old vines on the hillside and transitioned them
into organic agriculture. He spent a couple of years learning from winemaker friends by using their knowledge and farming equipment, until he met Olivier Cros, the son of a conventional winemaker, who was dreaming of another way to make wine with a deep respect for nature and terroir. The two friends became both winemakers and beekeepers, and created La Cave Apicole (the apiary cellar). In 2011 they
started producing grapes organically on 4 hectares, and today they have 10 hectares in
the Fenouilledes where they make fruity light wines, natural hydromel, and honey from wild flowers. Although the wine activity is growing they're still looking after 60 beehives. The species of local bee called "European dark bee" is in danger of extinction, with their numbers dropping all around Europe.