What is your relationship to Provence?
My mother is from Marseille, and my grandfather always speaks of the city with great emotion. Provence is intimately linked to my childhood memories, my summer vacations. When I was a child, my father traveled a lot for his work: Spain, Latin America, the United States... We moved every 5 years. But every year we spent our summer holiday in Provence.
Having always lived in cities, Provence represents just the opposite for me: the countryside, a vegetable garden, fruit trees, lavender... During the holidays, we made the most of all this. We were a big family, so if we went to Marseille or Aix-en-Provence, it was a real expedition!
Provence is also linked to meeting my husband. He’s from Bordeaux and I have this link from my mother’s side. When he suggested we look for a winery here, I really wanted to do it, even if it was completely unexpected. It's quite a strange thing, this homecoming.
What attracted you to winemaking?
Every year is different. You never know what is coming. Although it is stressful at times, it's still nice to live according to the elements, to live with the seasons. And then there are the people we meet. Who come to taste our wines and whom we get to know. It’s a very different connection, we’re here, we drink a glass of wine.
Often they end up confiding in us. They taste a wine and it awakens memories. Sometimes we even feel that they know our wines better than we do! So, when you meet people that show you that all this is meaningful, you tell yourself that it’s indeed a wonderful profession.
For you, what makes a great wine?
A great wine doesn’t need an instruction manual; it’s not a standardized product. It reflects the place it came from, it tells a story, it reveals its roots. Yes that's a great wine. As the saying goes, the key is "to be rather than seem." We can dress up a wine, but in reality all you need to do is to shut up and drink.
And then, the truth is that without a great terroir, you don’t get a great wine. You have to find the right balance between the grape variety, climate and the methods used. In general, the great terroirs are already identified. There is also an element of intuition, of common sense. My husband's family is very good at that. But I think it is mainly related to experience, to what has been handed down.
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