Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Coteaux-du-Languedoc from Mas des Chimères.
Guilhem Dardé getting busy.


For over 20 years, Guilhem Dardé meticulously tended his family vineyards and brought his grapes to the local coop to be blended with the overproduction of his neighbors. Finally, he bought winemaking equipment, scandalized the village and struck out on his own. With the 1993 vintage, he tasted his own wine for the first time.


This interview with Guilhem Dardé took place at L'Herbe Rouge in February 2012.


This visit to Mas des Chimères took place in July, 2012.

Words and photos by Jules Dressner.


"VdP des Coteaux du Salagou":
Soil: Sand and clay. The soil's deep red color is due to its high content of iron and oxide. Blocks of basalt (black stone) are present from the volcanic eruptions of vallée du Salagou.
Grapes: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification: Grapes are destemmed. Pigeage and remontage. Slow 4 week fermentation in barrel. Aged in barrel for 12 months in old oak.