Many of us have dreams which we’ll never realize in our waking hours. With countless responsibilities and reasons, we just can’t. But a few will hold their breath and plunge in. Dreams are powerful conduits for life changes when an individual harnesses those thoughts and emotions and steers them in the right direction. Thankfully, Luc and Marie Michel did just that.
In 1999, he left his job working for the government, and she eventually followed, leaving an event planning company. Luc and Marie assumed the helm of Luc’s grandfather’s five acres in Corconne in the Languedoc. They soon began to farm local grapevines, including Alicante-Bouschet, Cinsault, Carignan, and Grenache. With no experience farming or making wine, those first five years were spent tending to the vines for the season and then selling the fruit to the local co-op. They began with organic viticulture and soon implemented biodynamic farming practices. When Luc felt confident enough about the quality of his fruit, he began to produce wine. Ambient yeasts are used, enzymes are eschewed and added sulfur is kept to less than 30 milligrams.
The Nuit d’Encre is made from from Alicante-Bouschet, an ancient local variety, but one forbidden in Appellation Controlled wines. Thus, this wine is a declassified Vin de Table. Upon opening, plum, blackberry, black olive, rosemary and mineral notes fill the glass. With time and air, cured meat aromas join the fruit. As the holidays approach, Nuit d’Encre will pair beautifully with rack of lamb seasoned with rosemary, garlic, salt and freshly ground black peppercorns.