Languedoc (La Livinière)
"Claude Fonquerle and his oenolgist Philippe Cambie earned their stripes in Chateauneuf du Pape, and in 2002 began to vinify in Minervois. The wines – like their labels – are flamboyant, almost over-the-top, and utterly striking." - David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The ambition pursued at L’Oustal Blanc is to make wines using indigenous varietals (carignan, cinsault, grenache, syrah) which remain oriented towards fruit, finesse, purity and complexity. Although based on these varietals, the area of Châteauneuf du Pape may come to mind, it is this domain’s fascination with the wines of Burgundy which remains the driving force behind their philosophical approach.
Situated in Minervois’ finest subregion of "La Livinière", following a natural method of agriculture and winemaking is likely the winery’s most important ambition. The vineyards enjoy a maritime climate because of their proximity to the Mediterranean sea, and therein lie an ideal ecosystem. At “La Livinière”, there is no mildew, and no parasites of the animal kingdom (vine moth, leafhoppers, cochilis, etc…). The only viticultural concern is powdery mildew, which with extreme vigilance in vegetative phase, can be perfectly controlled with careful sulfur treatments. The winery follows organic principals and does not use any additives or "doctor" the wine in any way. These are "natural wines."