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Fresh wines from a warm region

The estate

Domaine des Homs’ estate spreads over 20 hectares in the heart of the Minervois region. The estate is named after the elms (in French ormes) which used to adorn the entrance path a long time ago.

It is a very hot and dry region. The winds blow very often from the sea, bringing some humidity, and from the land bringing drought. The quaternary soils are quite young, and made of angulous stones and leached clay. On the 20 ha, 12 are in Minervois appellation (on the very stony part) and 8 ha in IGP, where the soils have much more clay (a fabulous natural water reserve for summer time).

In line with practices of organic culture certification, the soils are ploughed, and there is no use of any chemical products, nor chemical fertilizers. Only organic mature ensures the soil nutrition. Vines are pruned short in order to limit the yields which are already low, especially for this region (35hl/ha).

The grapes planted are Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault for the reds, Viognier, Chardonnay and Muscat for the whites.

Domaine des Homs Website
Wines produced
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White

  • Viognier, nice and elegant, good freshness, no heavy flavors, made and partly aged in barrel (one or two wines).
  • Chardonnay younger, fruitier wine, easy drinking, 25% made and aged in barrel (one /two years olde)

Red spontaneous fermentation with no use of yeasts in concret vat 

  • La cuvée Paul  Minervois blend of majority Syrah with additional Grenache, straight and rich, elegant
  • Gravières de Sanscastel, one hundred percent pure Syrah, velvet in mouth, made only in the vintages that allow for the highest quality of production, this wine is made for ageing.
  • Clots de Pals blend of majority Grenache with some Syrah, pleasant and easy, nice notes of chocolate and coffee as are typical for Grenache
  • L’Amandier, Vin de soif wine, ready in Spring at the same time when the almond trees are blooming at the estate.  60%  Cinsault, 20% Grenache and 20%  Syrah, made with no sulphites

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