After leaving the Paris area, Jérémie Illouz started studying at the Bordeaux University in 2004 with the wish to become a winegrower. There he met Fabien Jouves (Mas del Périé) with whom he set up a trade business in 2008. In 2012, he settled in the Lot region at Villesèque on a 6 hectares property. He instantly went for quality. Soil microbial and wild lives there were treated with respect. Chemical inputs were banned. The Malbec old vines growing on siderolitic soils, rich with iron, provide highly concentrated grapes and form the great cuvée gourmande “Haute Pièce” (aged during 18 months in barrels). A delight. And God knows the Malbec is not an easy vine variety ! It is best to harvest it by hand, put it in vat by gravity using vertical wine press and save it from long maceration.
As for the rest of the range, Jérémie follows organic processes. He looks into making wines best reflecting terroir, away from conventional methods that weakened the region. Over the “bio” (organic) label looking to respect the consumer, the wine grower goes beyond requirement specifications. More than organic, that’s the target ! The story tells he himself downgraded his 2015 vintage into “Wine of France”, rightly condemning the productionist vision and decrees of local appellation. In 2013, he was refused agreement for a “not intense enough color” of his wine !!! In short, here is a guy who knows what he wants and who keeps his promises ! Vote Illouz !