Notre histoire

OUR STORY

The vine is existing in La Clape since antiquity. We are growing it for three generations. The grandfather Henri Calix, is taking care of it like his vegetable garden. Then, Claude and his wife Rosy, plant it between stones and scrubland, on the virgin land of the place called Sarrat de Goundy. At their time, turning it into wine was going through the cooperative cellar of the village. Creating our own wine has become obvious during Olivier’s times. Sarrat de Goundy is our family dream, made from our hands, our desires and our beliefs for this unique Mediterranean’s terroir. 

 

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Olivier Calix

«I grew up with the joy of this wild and maritime country in the heart then, young student, other horizons caught my eyes. For eight years abroad, a Master in History of Art in the pocket, I worked with artists in Barcelona and Bilbao in Spain. These rich encounters still help me today to enjoy the freedom and the pleasure in creating my own wines. On my return in 2003, I am dedicated to winemaking while changing the mode of cultivation of our vines. The attachment to this exceptional terroir imposes an environmentally friendly method of vineyard management, respectful of the vines. Guided by the love of the beautiful and the good, staying close to the essential, I follow my way and I appreciate how lucky I am to do this job.»

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OUR PHILOSOPHY

No herbicide, no fertilizer, no irrigation. At Sarrat de Goundy, we collect what nature produces, without label or dogmatism, just common sense as close to a natural vineyard management. Here we are in the craddle of vines in France, established by the Greeks in the 2nd century BC. Historically and culturally, we are resolutely turned towards the Mediterranean and focused on its indigenous grape varieties. On our land, Bourboulenc, also called Malvoisia, grows alongside with the Nielluccio, the famous Corsican grape, and Syrah, which tells the Persian heritage of the vine in the Mediterranean. Since 2014, breeding a selection of our wines in locally made terracotta jars is the link with this heritage in order to maintain the attachment to the people of Mediterranean wine.

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OUR TERROIR: LA CLAPE

The sun shines over the sea, the winds take the spray to the top of the mountain, you are on an island. Overtaken by the continent, La Clape remained this red clay and gray limestone outcrop scrutinizing the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees. Hot, dry, flushed by the elements, between rocks, scrubland and pine of Aleppo, our terroir is hard. Our vines have made their way through intact soils and their roots are deeply anchored in order to find the strength to withstand the onslaught of winds and sun. La Clape is a tiny territory which is producing since antiquity sought-after wines. Its singular character led it to the rank of AOC La Clape since 2015.