Les Outsiders is a group of winegrowers in the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France, and in a few other places across France. They make some excellent wines, often with a lot of character. They are often focused on a terroir style of wine; they are often organic, sometimes biodynamic. And they all come from other places than the Languedoc-Roussillon, hence “Outsiders”.
One is John Bojanowski from Kentucky, US, at Le Clos du Gravillas in Minervois. He loves old and forgotten grape varieties and started Carignan Renaissance in 2004 to promote this little known variety. Another one is Robin Williamson at Domaine de Saumarez. Robin is English, married to Liz from New Zealand. Since 2004 they have 13 hectares close to Montpellier. Domaine des Enfants in beautiful Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is run by Marcel Bühler from Switzerland. He was a banker in Zürich but didn’t particularly like it and now makes some intense and concentrated but very fresh wines in Roussillon instead.
Read more about the different Outsiders and their excellent wines at languedoc-outsiders.com.
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