Domaine Emile & Rose

Anne-Laure & Marc Royo

In the 1930s and 1940s, Coteaux de Beziers held the dubious title of the world capital of wine, because the appellation claimed single handedly to produce the largest volume of any region in the world. Whether or not this claim is verifiable, what is certain is that they used the high yielding local grape called Aramon to produce large quantities of low alcohol wine to give “courage” to French workers and soldiers who were legally entitled to a liter of wine per day.

In the 1950s, much of the Aramon was ripped out and replanted to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, and other more “noble” grapes. Marc and Anne-Laure Royo were particularly attracted to the Domaine d’Emile & Rose because they had maintained these old vines of Aramon. What’s more, the granddaughter of Emile and Rose, had been farming organically since 2001, and lowered yields to produce excellent vins des copains - ‘wines for friends’ that were highly sought-after locally because they were inexpensive and good to drink.

A native of the Beziers region, Marc Royo had been interested in wine since he was fourteen. Many of his childhood friends were from winemaking families, and he dreamed of making his own wine. Without any vineyards and without the money to invest, he spent several decades working as a hydraulic engineer in charge of the regional water supply, living just down the road from the Domaine d’Emile & Rose, whom he came to know well. When Caroline announced she was planning to retire and sell the domain, the opportunity seemed perfect and Marc Royo became a winemaker at last.

The domaine is all farmed organically, and has grown to 27 hectares of sandy soil in the foothills above Beziers known as the “middle valley”. The majority of the vines are 70-90 years old native grapes such as Aramon, Cinsault, Carignan Blanc, and Carignan Noir. Yields are a far cry from the past. Whereas Aramon was known to produce 150-200 hectolitres per hectare ( around 10-13 tons per acre!), the same vines today are pruned to produce 35-40.

Vinification is done with natural yeast at cool temperatures to prolong fermentation and produce the same easy-drinking vins de copains that first attracted Marc and Anne-Laure to the domaine. It’s not easy to find organic wines of this quality and price, and requires a passion and commitment to produce them. A big “Merci” to Marc and Anne-Laure Royo for these fantastic wines for the workers of the future!

Key information

Languedoc-Roussillon

Corneilhan

27 hectares

Founded in 2004

Organic certified since 2004

The wines

Coteaux de Béziers Rouge 5 Seaux

Red Wine
 : Cinsault, Merlot, Syrah, Marselan, Carignan Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Emile Rose 5 Seaux

The cuvée 5 Seaux (which means five buckets, but is also a pun on Cinsault which predominates the blend) is vinified using carbonic maceration and aged in stainless steel to ensure a fresh, lively, lower ABV wine completely atypical for such a warm...

Coteaux de Béziers Carignan Blanc Amphora

White Wine
 : Carignan Blanc
Emile et Rose - Carignan Blanc Amphora

The amphora wines were inspired by a trip to Georgia by the founder of the domaine in 2004, and they have been producing wines aged in amphora since 2005. Carignan Blanc is a nearly extinct variety, and this cuvée comes from a pre phylloxera 1 hect...

Coteaux de Béziers Blanc La Rose d’Emile

White Wine
 : Carignan Blanc
Emile Rose rosedemile

The domaine Emile & Rose has always been interested in working with indigenous varieties. The white wines are made from Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc native to the mediterranean basin, and they are fortunate to have hillside vines dating back t...

Coteaux de Béziers Blanc L’Emile de Rose

White Wine
 : Grenache Blanc
Domaine Emile & Rose Coteaux de Béziers Blanc L'Emile de Rose

The domaine Emile & Rose has always been interested in working with indigenous varieties. The white wines are made from Grenache Blanc and Carignan Blanc native to the mediterranean basin, and they are fortunate to have hillside vines dating back t...

Coteaux de Béziers Rosé d’Aramon

Rose Wine
 : Aramon
rosearamon

Aramon was once the most widely planted grape in France because of its resistance to mildew and ability to produce large quantities of light bodied, low alcohol red wine. Because of this history, it's often maligned and was mostly ripped out in the...

Coteaux de Béziers Aramon

Red Wine
 : Aramon
Emile Rose aramonrouge

Aramon was once the most widely planted grape in France because of its resistance to mildew and ability to produce large quantities of light bodied, low alcohol red wine. Because of this history, it's often maligned and was mostly ripped out in the...

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