Qualified oenologist, Italian, and passionate about old grape varieties, Sybil Baldassarre moved to the heights of Faugères in 2015 and created the domain “La Graine Sauvage” exclusively to produce precise, fresh, generous white wines. Natural wines, basically !
On 3 contiguous hectares, the vines are at an altitude of 450 metres, at the top of a hill in Cabrerolles. They enjoy a South-East exposure looking out over the Mediterranean, on very old shale land.
As Sybil puts it so well, “wine is made on the vine”. That is why everything that is done favours the protection of life in the earth, with the greatest respect for the living and the balance that still exists. Sybil uses only mineral or vegetal substances to protect the vines, and animal manure to feed them. They are naturally sodded. The work is mainly done by hand, both on the vine and in the cellar, in a perpetual quest for precision. The four grape varieties on the domain, Grenache blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne and Marsanne, are harvested separately, in crates, and vinified using their native flora, with no oenological additive used. Sybil keeps her wines on lees and ages them for at least one year in barrels. They are not filtered, and no sulphites are added.
Faced with global warming and periods of drought, Sybil wants to see the old grape varieties from the area (Picpoul, Aramon blanc, Servan, Clairette) make a comeback, varieties that are more resistant to the dry climate. She started replanted them in 2019 on a small part of the domain and is planning to start a conservatory for traditional regional grape varieties.
You’ve got the message, Sybil Baldassarre is one of those winemakers who promotes nature with her “pure juice” wines, give in to temptation !