Everything was to be ripped out, becoming woods after 150 years of human passion on these last plots of vineyards before the ‘Canigou’, sacred mountain of the catalans. Under the charm of such a find and what it represented in terms of wine heritage, they made the decision to take up the challenge of the vineyards and the land, renaming the estate “DSM”, the Domaine Sous la Montagne.
The first vintage released by the estate is the 2016 DSM Vin d’altitude.
18 hectares of vineyards, some are over 100 years old, spread out over 4 different geographical locations:
Le Camps de l’Argent, Les Dolmens, La Garrigue and Taupels.
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Lledoner Pelut.
On the unique granite soils of Ansignan, between 280 and 400 meters above sea level, in an area man has lived for more than 4000 years: Dolmens (ancient tombs), stone age blast furnaces, a Roman bridge rebuilt during the Middle Ages, and of course vineyards.
3 people, 1 from the village of Ansignan, work these vines in the heart of Fenouillèdes.
3 families revitalizing a village in the Pyrenées Orientales. Bringing in people to look after the vines, the countryside walls, the pathways, the flowers, the birds, the school, the bar, and why not a herd of animals, herb gardens and beehives for tomorrow… It’s all about rehabilitating land to revive our heritage.
"Nothing equals the joy of a man having a drink, other than the joy of the wine being drunk."