The Crouzet family of Domaine de Foltodon have been working the land in Saint-Côme et Maruejols on the Vaunage Plain, between Nîmes and Sommieres, since the 1850's. The estate has been handed down from father to son for the last 3 generations, with current owner and winemaker Olivier Crouzet at the helm since 1997. In 2003, he made the decision to convert to organic farming. By 2008, the conversion was complete, and full certification followed in 2011. The vineyards comprise 7 hectares, planted on low, south-facing terraces of clay-limestone, under a thin layer of flat stones. Syrah and Mourvèdre are planted for red wine, Syrah and Cinsault for rosé and Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Sauvignon for white.
We first met Olivier in the summer of 2013, at a gathering organised for us by another winegrower, and were mightily impressed with the quality (not to mention the excellent value) of his wines. Domaine de Foltodon is definitely an estate to watch.