Rémi Poujol has grown his eponymous estate to be one of the most respected ‘vignerons naturels’ in the Languedoc. He is a quiet and thoughtful man, whose wines are reflective of his personality. His commitment towards producing pure and natural wines is evident through his membership in S.A.I.N.S; an organisation making wines with nothing added nor removed from the raw grape materials.
Rémi works the vines with two horses as it provides less compaction than a traditional tractor, resulting in an increase to microbial life of the soils. In the cellar, the fermentation is a long process of up to 45 days, and the wines are aged in vats without any additions through the élevage. His choice to use vats focuses upon not wanting the wine to be marked by any influences of the wood.
The blend is emblematic of the Languedoc, with the sum of its parts combining to one of great balance. Carignan is a late-ripening grape that needs high temperatures to achieve full ripeness. Grenache demonstrates its ability to translate the influence of the stony soils of Adissan in the Hérault. Syrah adds aromatic intensity, whilst retaining freshness and vibrancy.
Le temps fait tout holds a dual meaning in French of both “time does it all” and “the weather makes everything”. Rémi likes the duality as it is representative of being at the mercy of Mother Nature when farming and the natural flow and evolution of winemaking through the grape’s transformation.