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Languedoc-Roussillon

Domaine Léon Barral

Didier Barral

The Domain

​​Didier Barral represents the thirteenth generation to grow grapes in the tiny hamlet of Lenthéric, within the confines of the Faugères appellation deep in the heart of the Languedoc. Domaine Léon Barral is a beacon of revolutionary winegrowing: shortly after founding the domaine, Didier decided that biodynamic practices were the best choice for farming his thirty hectares of vineyards. Léon Barral has pioneered numerous innovative agronomic techniques with the goal of establishing his vineyards as a self-sustaining ecosystem.
 

The Style

His workers of choice? A team of twenty cows, horses, and pigs that roam the vineyards during winter, grazing the cover crops while adding natural fertilizer to the soil. Without compacting the earth the way a tractor would, the animals effectively cultivate healthy microbial activity, bringing mushrooms, ants, ladybugs, earthworms, and other essential life forms, which add important nutrients while aerating the soil. This is the concept of sustainability at its finest, where the ecosystem thrives from the symbiotic relationships Didier has fostered amid the vines.

    Winemaker - Domaine Léon Barral
    Winemaker - Domaine Léon Barral

    AT A GLANCE

    Domaine Leon Barral

    REGION OF PRODUCTION

    Languedoc-Roussillon - France

    APPELLATION

    Faugères

    FOUNDED

    1993

    VINEYARD

    25 ha

    CLIMATE

    Mediterranean climate

    SOIL COMPOSITION

    Sandstone clay, calcareous clay, limestone and shale, clayey soils, sandy soils.

    VARIETIES GROWN

    Terret Blanc and Gris, Viognier, Roussanne Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault

    AGRICULTURE

    Biodynamic & Natural

    Domaine Léon Barral

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