Domaine Mămărutá



Marc Castan founded Domaine mămărutá in 2009. He was originally working with a cooperative but as with many other winemakers, he wanted to go out and make his own wine. He managed to recover the vineyards of his grandfather, located in La Palme, where the soils are covered in pebbles, and also on the Leucate cliffs by the sea on limestone plates. There is a strong maritime influence on these sites and Marc has converted both to organic.

The grapes grown are typical to the area: Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Macabeu, Carignan Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat à petits grains. Marc has spent a lot of time in the vineyards to improve the health and quality of the vines and soil. He uses natural compost, herbal preparations, and plows to remove weeds. He also brings in highland cows from November to March, to fertilise the vineyards and eat the weeds and grass – they are moved 
every 15 days. Marc harvests early so as to preserve acidity and ensure alcohol levels are not too high. The wines are made without additions, without filtration, and the use of SO2 is minimal or non-existent in some of the cuvées.