DOMAINE LES TUILERIES IGP Cévennes, Languedoc, France
David Codomié, owner and vigneron of Domaine Les Tuileries (and big sister estate Domaine de Coursac), farms 25 hectares in the AOC Languedoc. The vineyards are in the process of being certified ECOCERT organic and Demeter biodynamic. From the vine to the glass, the whole approach of the estate is based on the desire to create high quality wines, mixing finesse and personality, while respecting the terroir, the product and the consumer.
These IGP Cévannes wines had previously never sold in bottle before, prior to 2016 they were sold to the local cooperative. David explained that everyone in the nearby town of Carnas knows this place, and when someone says “On va aux Tuileries!” “We’re going to the Tuileries!” everyone automatically knows this means people are going there to share another favorite French pastime: the Apéro, a convivial pre-meal refreshment. With some encouragement from friends and family, Codomié has been convinced to release these high quality and affordable wines from this up-and-coming micro-IGP region to a select market.
The name Tuileries is a reference to the roof tiles that you find on most all buildings in the South of France including their winery.
Region & Vineyard Notes
The Cévannes IGP is located in the northern edge of the Languedoc in the department of Gard, near the city of Nimes. The region takes its name from the Cevannes mountain range, the southern foothills of the Massif Central. Like a vast amphitheatre overlooking the faraway Mediterranean, the vineyards stretch through the scrubland. They were originally planted by the early Greek settlers, then the Romans. One of its defining features is the distinctive, extremely well-kept terraces for which the Cévennes are famous. Grown mainly on limestone soils, the vineyards cover undulating landscapes where they grow alongside orchards, olive groves and cereal crops. The warm sunny days of summer and cool evenings give elegance and aromatic complexity to the wines of the region.