Grapes: Carignan, Syrah
SO2: At bottling
Soil Composition: Marl, Schist
Farming: Organic (certified)
Age of vines: 45 years old
Fun facts: Fruit du Hasard translates to "Fruit of Chance," an expression meant to celebrate the good things that come to us by complete chance.
Appellation: Côtes du Roussillon
Winemaking: Semi-carbonic maceration of 15 days. Pigeage of the Syrah but not the Carignan. Aged in cement vats for six months. 7mg per liter of sulfur added at bottling.
Nestled in the tiny village of Lansac, Domaine du Possible is the brainchild of Loïc Roure. In 2003, Loïc scrapped his initial plan of opening a restaurant/wine bar/retailer, deciding instead to start his own estate. Starting out with vines in Latour de France, he soon expanded with land closer to Lansac. He also recently purchased four hectares in Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes, a half an hour's drive from the Agly Valley. The estate now consists of 10.2 hectares spread over many parcels and communes, all falling under the Côtes du Roussillon AOC.
Loïc works and used to live in Lansac's old cave cooperative, purchased in 2003 with his friend and fellow vigneron Edouard Laffitte (who vinifies there for his own estate Le Bout du Monde). The cave had been abandoned since 1990, so a lot of renovation work had to be done. As well as completely redesigning the cellar, Loïc converted the top floor into a large live-in loft and an art studio for his girlfriend.
Loïc principally grows Carignan and Grenache, but also has a bit of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache Gris, and Macabeu, all grown organically. The types of soil vary widely from site to site, spanning from clay and limestone, granite, gneiss, and schists, with vines on the older side, aged 52 to 105. He also purchases organic fruit to produce some of his cuvées, most notably "Tout Bu or Not Tout Bu." The breakdown is as follows:
- The white grapes (Macabeu, Carignan Gris, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc) are on average 60 years old and planted on gneiss, grey schists, and granite. Loïc planted a hectare of mixed white grapes in 2014 and purchased another in Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes in 2019, 50-year-old vines of Macabeu. Whites now represent 3.2 hectares of the estate.
- Three parcels of Carignan are located in Cassagnes on soils of gneiss. The vines are 52 to 105 years old (add one year if reading this after 2021!) and produce the "Charivari" cuvée. The other Carignan comes from Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes, making a total surface of 2.6 hectares and an average of 45 years of age.
- The Grenache Noir comes principally from a one-hectare parcel planted in 1966 on schist and a second, 50 are parcel planted in 1982 in Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes on schistous marl.
- The Syrah consists of 1.7 hectares in Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes and 30 ares of schistous marls, the latter producing the single vineyard bottling "Couma Acò". They average 30 years of age.
The soils are worked by chenillard for 5.7 hectares and 4.5 by tractor. Organic spray treatments are done in the spring, and bouillie bordelaise is applied only if the vintage calls for it. Plant infusion treatments are also common.
The wines are vinified to be fresh, bright, and easy-to-drink. Extraction and alcohol remain low, and instead, the focus is on fruit, minerality, and acidity. Most of the wines are initially foot-trodden, then whole clusters are added, resulting in a spontaneous, semi-carbonic maceration. "Charivari" is 100% carbonic, while "Couma àco" is aged in concrete and sees a later release. Sulfur additions, if any, are decided each vintage, wine by wine. In cases where sulfur is added, Loïc never uses more than 10mg for the reds and 20mg for the white, and only at bottling.