Prior to her start in winemaking, Sandrine Farrugia worked for a wine exporter based in Paris selling organic, natural wines… real wines made by real winemakers. While working, she met and began dating Elian Da Ros in 2007, as he was one of the producers they represented, and after going back and forth to Cocumont for 2 years, she decided to quit her Parisian life to live in Cocumont in the Southwest of France.
Very quickly she began to work with Elian- truth be told, in Cocumont there’s not really anything else to do! In 2012, a local winemaker offered them 52 ares (0.52 hectares) of white. The vines were not organic and not right for the Elian’s cuvée Coucou Blanc, so Elian encouraged her to take them. She signed the lease and shortly thereafter, she bought another 2 hectares of red.
Sandrine has proven to be an extremely talented vigneron in a very short amount of time. The vineyards have been converted to organic farming and all work in the cellar is done naturally. She produces her own wines discreetly, making decisions, managing the vineyards and vinification herself based on what she has learned in the last 10 years. The wines have their own personality and express another dimension of the great Southwest. We hope that they bring more attention to the great terroir and wines of the Cotes du Marmandais.
“To be a vigneron is a difficult calling, physically but also mentally. You have to learn how to let go and accept what nature gives you.” - Sandrine Farrugia
Cotes du Marmandais Blanc 52 Ares
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Farming Practice: Organic
Organic. 70% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Village: Saint Sauveur. Lieu dit: Gassiot. Vineyard size: 0.52 are (approx. 1.3 acres). Soil: gravelly clay. Vines planted in 2002. Slow press and cold settling, then slow fermentation with natural yeast in old demi-muids. No racking or filtering. 18 months elevage in old demi-muids, then in concrete tanks. Lightly filtered. Small amount of SO2 during press and bottling. 125 cs produced.
Cotes du Marmandais Rouge La Vague
Varietal: Abouriou, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Farming Practice: Organic
Organic. 33% each of Abouriou, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Village: Romestaing. Vineyard: Lamalon. Vine Age: planted in 1997. Size: 1 ha (2.5 acres). Soil: Sandy clay on top of limestone marl. Merlot and Cabernet Franc destemmed, very light extraction. Carbonic maceration for Abouriou. 18 months elevage in old demi-muids, then in concrete tanks. Lightly filtered. Small amount of SO2 during press and bottling.