organic wine
La Grange de Bouys
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The project

Adopt vines from the farm "La Grange de Bouys" in Roujan (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic wine at home. The Farmer Stéphane will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt vines from the farm "La Grange de Bouys" in Roujan (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic wine at home. The Farmer Stéphane will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt vines that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2018. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your vines. You adopt 6 white (35 years old) and black (16 years old) Grenache vine stocks which will allow you to receive 6 bottles: 1 rosé « Florence », 2 white Grenache « Epicure », 1 PDO white « Confucius » and 2 red wines « Le Fût Oublié ». The white Grenache is a medieval grape variety originating from Spain. Back in the days, it was called “Grenache wine”, meaning "wine from Granada". It is essentially cultivated in the South of France. Its clusters are rather big and its medium-sized grapes are very sweet and juicy. The white Grenache is very resistant to drought and particularly likes dry soil. At Grange de Bouys, it was planted on clay-limestone soil, which offers ideal conditions. The black Grenache was also imported in the Languedoc from Spain back in the middle-age. It was planted on silt clay-sandy soil which allows drainage while retaining water in deeper soil layers. We are located on a low-fertility hillside, therefore the yield is low and this allows for a good quality grape. We prune our vines in “Double Cordon de Royat”, a technique that limits the production to between 20 and 30hl/ha depending on the year. We do not weed around the vines in order to protect the soil from the sun and erosion. We do not use any chemical products, herbicides, nor synthetic fertilizers. We apply biodynamic practices (Rudolf Steiner – 1924) with special preparations for the soil and the vine stocks as well as dandelion, yarrow or nettle infusions, and citrus essential oils. The harvest is done manually by a team of family, friends, and local workers. It lasts from the end of August until the end of September. The parcels surround the cellar. With 6 vine stocks, we obtain between 6 and 8 bottles depending on the year. The vinification method is by infusion and a little extraction as we consider that healthy grape clusters are the key to the obtention of good wine. The fermentation process usually happens until December, and we then blend and age the wine. I learned winemaking in Bourgogne, at the Lycée Agricole de Beaune. We use very little sulfites in our wines for health reasons; this avoids headaches after consumption. Under organic regulations, the maximum sulfites allowed are 150 mg/l for white and rosé wine and 100 mg/l for red wine. We use between 15 and 30 mg/l. Our wines are thus considered natural wines. Biodynamic agriculture brings a regional freshness and minerality to our wines. This is because our roots have to dig deep inside the ground to get nutrients as they are not provided with any synthetic fertilizers on the surface. In October, we sow legumes that have the function to absorb nitrogen from the air and to store it in their roots, therefore contributing to revitalizing the soil. The productive life of vines is around 90 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your vines die, we will replace them with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: * 1 x __rosé wine « Florence »__ (75cL/bottle) This rosé is composed of 80% white Grenache and 20% Syrah, therefore its structure is close to white wine. Each variety’s clusters are pressed together and so is the fermentation. It is aged in a stainless steel vat to keep its fruity flavor. With its flower aroma, it is full and fresh in the mouth. It can be preserved for up to 2 years. This wine is perfect as an aperitif but also to accompany pasta dishes, savory pies, and even spicy Asian or Mediterranean dishes for example. * 2 x __white Grenache wine « Epicure »__ (75cL/bottle) The « Epicure » is 100% composed of white Grenache grapes. It is very fresh and mineral with fruity and citrusy aromas. It is aged in a stainless steel vat in order to keep its fruitiness. It has a fresh, slightly minty herbal character. It is a very refreshing wine and can be preserved for 3 to 4 years. This wine is perfect as an aperitif but also with pasta or fish dishes, or with Japanese sushi or sashimi for example. * 1 x __Languedoc PDO white wine « Confucius »__ (75cL/bottle) The « Confucius » is elaborated with 80% white Grenache grapes and 20% Languedoc Clairette grapes. These 2 varieties are pressed and vinified together. It is aged in a high-range Austrian Stockinger oak barrel of 500L and 600L for 7 months. When opening this wine, we notice citrus notes and then roasted almonds aromas. It is full and tonic in the mouth. It can be kept for 5 years. This wine is perfect with fish dishes, cheese fondue, and also with goat or sheep cheese for example. Because of its fat, it can also accompany desserts. * 2 x __red wine « Fût Oublié »__ (75cL/bottle) The Fût Oublié is a pure Grenache partially aged in a 600L Austrian oak barrel for 12 months, in limited quantity. Fresh in the mouth, it is elegant with floral notes and slightly spicy pepper aromas. It can be preserved for 5 to 7 years. This wine is perfect as an aperitif with charcuterie or tapas, but also with pasta or meat dishes, and of course to accompany cheeses. The products will be packed in a secured carton box containing 6 bottles.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Let the Farmer and nature work

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Stéphane Monmousseau
I spent the first part of my life in the world of finance and all around the globe with our four children. In 2009, we decided to get closer to nature and to work more in symbiosis with our environment. Born in Toulon, Florence wanted to go back to the Southern sun and to devote herself more to outdoor activities. Stephane, who has his roots around Angers where part of his family belongs to the wine world since 1895, wanted to reconnect with nature. In 2010, we fell completely in love with the ancient wine domaine Grange de Bouys, located in Roujan, 10 km away from Pezenas in the Herault department. The cellar was still there and the enormous tanks within were witnesses of its original purpose, but the vines had been sold in the eighties. As early as 2012, we started to slowly acquire the plots of garigue and vines located around our property, increasing the domain size from 13 to 40 hectares, unsegmented, with 6 ha of vines surrounded by wood, garrigues, and olive trees. To meet my new role as a winemaker, I have enrolled in a year-long course for professionals in Beaune, Burgundy, to learn how to make quality wines and to improve my skills in taking care of the vineyard. As early as 2015, we implemented a work organization that is in phase with the natural rhythm of the seasons and the earth, favoring organic and biodynamic practices and harvesting 100% manually. Though we both take part in the pruning and the caring of the vines, as well as in the promotion of our wines, I am the one making the wine and the one in charge of managing the wine farm. Our philosophy, for winemaking, is: « infusion, very little extraction, freshness, balance, and fruit ». We make sure to create organic wines for the pleasure, that have nice fruity notes and are long in the mouth, using ancient and local grape varieties that are adapted to our terroir: carignan, black grenache, cinsault, clairette, and white grenache. Florence, on the other side, is in charge of renovating the dry stone walls that give structure to our hillsides, of cultivating the vegetable garden, of steering their biodiversity actions, of managing the wwoofers and the website. We both take care of our olive grove. The direct link between farmer and end consumer which CrowdFarming creates corresponds to our philosophy and direct sales practices to France, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Germany. We have a very international history and we love discovering new horizons by sharing our passion, something that CrowdFarming can bring us.
Stéphane Monmousseau

"I knew that part of the family had made wine since 1895. After having spent many years abroad, the idea of making my own wine grew on me again and the project came to life within a beautiful and preserved natural environment: Grange de Bouys farm!"

La Grange de Bouys
La Grange de Bouys
The domain is located on the foothills of the Black Mountain, at an altitude of 200 m, overlooking the plains. From a geological standpoint, the basin consists of a mixture of clay, limestone, psammites, sandstone, schist, and conglomerate between the hills and the plains. The name of the domaine comes from the “Bouys” family who has owned the domaine since 1820. We have decided to keep the name for keeping the history with us. The house was modified and enlarged in 1834 but has been around as a smaller building since Roman times. After two centuries of Bouys family, we have taken over the domain with the ambition to keep it in our family for at least the same period of time! We are looking to obtain the best quality for well-balanced organic wines. Our winemaking philosophy is simple: to make good wine, it is essential to use the best grapes. Our vine plots are located close to our cellar (800 meters maximum). Our domain being small, we can undertake the harvest in each plot at the exact moment when the grapes have reached their optimal maturity. We harvest by hand the best grapes from our old vines, which are then transported in small recipients to ensure their perfect integrity until they reach our cellar. We make wines as simple and natural as possible with very limited use of sulfites. For the red wines, the grapes are destemmed and each variety is vinified separately (with some exceptions) in stainless steel vats from 5 hL (hectoliters) for the smallest ones to 30 hL. Once the fermentation is over, the free-run wine is transferred to another tank and the marc goes through our pneumatic press. Then, we age our wines in stainless steel tanks or oak barrels of 500L or 600L. For the white wines and the rosé, the grapes are pressed directly and the juice is cooled down and clarified. The fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature in order to preserve the full range of flavors and savors of the wine. Since 2016, we make our white wine in tanks and barrels. We want to emphasize the quality of the wine by maintaining a production rate between 15,000 and 20,000 bottles a year (from 10 to 35 hL/ha depending on the grape variety). Our wine creation at La Grange de Bouys is a demanding but virtuous process. All the work that we accomplish in our vineyard aims at producing well-balanced wines for pleasure and conviviality while preserving a natural ecosystem. Diversity is of very high importance in organic and biodynamic practices. And we are convinced that we can create quality products all the while improving our local environment! We are fortunate to have 40 hectares of land unsegmented that surround the family property. Our 6 hectares of vines are planted on hillsides that are oriented south-east and in well-protected areas. The environment of our domain is natural and diversified, with garrigue, woods, and pasture, as well as steep areas and a little ravine. Dry stone walls shape our domain throughout the fields and terraces. The diversity of the fauna and flora at La Grange de Bouys contributes to the well-being of our vines. We take great care in protecting and promoting our natural environment all the while developing and restoring the historical agricultural landscape of our domain. Our lands are a sanctuary for a great range of birds, wild boars, partridges, rabbits, hares, pheasants, lizards, bats, and of course countless insect species. This great biodiversity is the cornerstone of the good development and natural operation of our biodynamic practices throughout the domain. In particular, it enables to repel insects that could become a threat to the grapes. In our vines, we let wild plants and wildflowers grow in winter and early spring, then we use an intercept to control the vegetation without plowing. In order to preserve our environment and our clients' health, we use organic and biodynamic practices that consist of considering the soil as a living organism. With a soil filled with worms and micro-organisms, we get healthy vines that are naturally more resistant to diseases and pests. The garrigue of our hillsides is prolific in thyme, rosemary, fennel, and wild asparagus. We also have a great variety of trees: mulberry trees, almond trees, fig-trees, oak trees, cypresses, arbutuses, pines, and a beautiful olive grove. In our vegetable garden, we are growing lettuce, onions, tomatoes, potatoes... and various aromatic herbs along with a few fruit trees. Every time we go for a walk on our lands, we are marveled in wonder by the scents and sounds coming from this prosperous environment: the scent of wildflowers and herbs, the buzzing of bees bringing pollen into their hives... And we are happy to help them live on! The old dry stone walls that circle a large part of the plots and terraces of the domain are essential for preserving biodiversity and we have decided to restore all of them. These magnificent constructions put up generations ago and evidence of an ancestral savoir-faire in this area, are particularly well-adapted to the surrounding fauna and play an important role in the prosperity of natural diversity. Throughout the domain Grange de Bouys, many of these walls need to be restored or fortified. Florence, with the help of her passionate friends from the association "Dry Stones", regularly spends some time renovating this vernacular heritage. It is with this association located in Faugères, and with professionals in France and abroad (Burgundy, Languedoc, Ireland, and Minorca) that Florence was trained and that she acquired the necessary skills to preserve and build dry stone walls without using any mortar. As an active member and treasurer of the association, she gladly shares her savoir-faire to wwoofers or any other dry stone amateur. In our domain, we endeavor to respect the 3 founding principles of permaculture for shared well-being: to take care of the soils, forest, and water - to take care of humans - to share with fairness. Regarding the soil, we have created in our vegetable garden mounds of soil rich in nutrients (organic manure, green plants, and shredded plants) and organized the plants in such a way that neighboring plants complement one another. Regarding the forest, we have planted more than 380 trees, focusing on fruit trees well-adapted to our climate: olive trees, almond trees, mulberry trees, and fig trees... Regarding the water, we have created a wetland to boost biodiversity and we maximize the reuse of water for our vegetable garden needs. The permaculture patches, the orchard, the basin, the seedling table, the perennial plants, and the annual plants give rhythm to our activities within the vegetable garden. These activities are undertaken manually with no use of systemic chemical products and according to the biodynamic lunar calendar and its fruit days, leaf days, flower days, or root days. The vegetable garden brings us a daily amount of fresh, colorful, and high in vitamin ingredients for our family meals. We try every day to take good care of ourselves and of all those who come and share a piece of our everyday life (wwoofers, domaine guests) by adopting a life rhythm in harmony with the earth rhythm and by favoring vegetable garden cultures for our food. In our vegetable garden, our vineyard, and throughout our lands, we aim at having a sustainable production, able to sustain our needs while preserving the natural resources and without ever reaching their ecological limits. As members of the association "Jardinons Ensemble", we participate in the sharing of advice and feedback from all its active members.
Technical information
Address
La Grange de Bouys, Roujan, FR
Altitude
190m
Team
1 man and 1 woman
Size
40ha
Cultivation technique
Organic and biodynamic farming
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