Domaine des Quatre Pierres
Aragon is a small commune in the Aude department at the foothills of the Massif Central. The domaine is made up of two terroirs – clay and limestone bedrock on a former lakebed, and hard fossilised alveolina limestone of Ventenac-Cabardès. Both sites are 300 metres above sea level, in a green Mediterranean wilderness. The Languedoc is warm, but here it is considerably cooler, allowing the grapes to retain a certain freshness.
Winemaker Edouard Fortin began his winemaking career by studying oenology in Beaune. In 2000 he moved to the Aude, in Southern France, and spent 12 years working at Domaine Font-Juvenal, in Cabardès. In 2010 he purchased 4.5 hectares and began making his first wine in 2011. He farms organically, and the grapes are vinified naturally in the cellar. The only thing he adds is 15ppm SO2 just before bottling.
Incredibly, he lives in complete solitude right in the middle of his vineyards. He has no electricity – just solar and gas, as well as large tanks of water which he refills as required. With a deep passion for permaculture, he has the most incredible garden, which provides the majority of his food. This is back to basic living, and when visiting him there is a sense of peace and harmony – he is away from all the clatter and clutter of the modern world – it’s just him and his vines, and it is extraordinary and beautiful.
Edouard is making truly unique wines from some incredible terroir, and offers a point of difference for any avid drinker.