Jean-Baptiste Deroche got a viticulture-œnology BTS degree from Bordeaux, a law and viticulture management degree from Narbonne and at last a degree in oenology. The young winegrower gained experience in charge of vine culture in several vineyards in the south of France. Laure Cartier is the daughter of a winegrower following organic principles and she graduated in ecology consulting. When travelling in Auvergne, they came across local wines, particularly those of the Miolanne Domaine, at Neschers, run by Odette and Gilles Miolanne. Then Jean-Baptiste and Laure heard that the domaine was looking for a buyer. After some short thought, they took their chance in 2012. Their decision came as a surprise for their relatives.
They trusted that the quality of the terroir would be a guaranty for success. According to the volcanologist Pierre Lavina, the Neschers vineyard would be the only one to benefit from volcanic and clay limestone type of soils … along with the Vesuvius ! In order to get the most out of that singular vineyard of 17 hectares (6 ha planted), the couple immediately decided to convert to organic farming to favor the thriving of Pinot noir and Gamay. Environment is a main concern to them. They care for fauna and flora respect by limiting input to a minimum both in the vine and during winemaking process. The aim in the long term beeing to stop using synthesis products. A very good idea indeed !! ☺