Domaine Taillandier

Benjamin Taillandier, a visionary winemaker, embarked on a journey rooted in his commitment to crafting wines that embody a unique philosophy. Having completed winemaking school, Benjamin gained experience in a conventional winery before encountering natural winemaker Jean-Baptiste Senat in 2004. Influenced by Senat's innovative ideas and techniques, Benjamin was inspired to pursue winemaking aligned with a similar philosophy.

In 2007, Benjamin returned to his family's hometown of Caunes-Minervois, strategically located between Carcassonne and The Montagne Noire. Here, he acquired 5.7 hectares of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Terret Gris, and commenced organic farming, later transitioning to biodynamics. Operating on a principle of continual growth, Benjamin expanded his estate to 9.5 hectares, meticulously tending to each vine by hand. With full Ecocert certification and the establishment of the popular wine bar, Cantine du Curé, during the summer tourist season, Benjamin has become a vital figure in the local wine scene.

What sets Benjamin apart is his dedication to crafting wines that defy the conventions of the Minervois AOC. In a region often characterized by concentrated and high-alcohol wines, Benjamin focuses on producing full-flavored yet lighter, fresher, and lower-alcohol wines. His commitment to introducing the concept of Minervois "vin de soif" reflects a dedication to a vibrant, lively style that distinguishes his wines in a region known for its bold and robust offerings. Tasting Benjamin Taillandier's wines becomes an exploration of a winemaker's vision, where each sip tells a story of innovation, terroir respect, and a refreshing departure from the norm.