Domaine des Schistes (Roussillon)
Domaine des Schistes is a 55-hectare estate that is located in the Roussillon, the driest, windiest appellation in all of France. On average, the region gets 400-450mm of rain per year, but, in recent years, 350mm has been normal. More specifically, the Schistes vineyards span the villages of Estagel (where their estate is located), Tautavel, and Maury.
The domaine is owned by the Sire family, and the winemaker is a young man named Mickael Sire. Mickael is a true vigneron! He and his father work their 55 hectares organically (and have for a number of years) and were certified organic in 2015. This is quite an accomplishment, as it's not easy to make great wine in a region that gets so little rainfall.
In the winery, I couldn't be more impressed with the authentic, soulful wines that this family produces. What is most striking to me, though, is that they produce such varied styles of wine and produce them equally well. From the Cote Catalanes whites made from Macabeu to the powerful reds that are based in Grenache to the sweet wines of Maury and Muscat de Rivesaltes - they are stunningly well-made!