Nestled on la Mourre’s hillsides, the vathouse and the family abode gradually reveal themselves. This ‘universe’ is surrounded by cactus trees laden with prickly pears, wild fig trees, loose stones and a wide range of scents. The Reder family settled there in 1973. First they reared sheep then they planted the first vines including grape varieties like Chasan, Chardonnay then Grenache Blanc, Rolle and Roussanne. Choosing white varieties was quite a daring challenge in the land of red varietals where white grapes are in a minority or even nonexistent.
Currently Paul runs the 14-hectare domain located at an average altitude of 160 metres on his own. Only a portion of the wine is bottled, the rest is sold in bulk to wine-merchants. Paul Reder uses neither fertilizers nor organic compounds. The roots of the vines go down very deep into the soil which is fertile, permeable and extremely dry. The style of the wines and the domain too are original. Unusual blends produce complex cuvées especially the flagship ‘Roucaillat’. It’s a natural wine which can be drunk in its early years but will also gain complexity with age.