Jean-Philippe Padié was born and raised in Burgundy, but always dreamed of returning to his grandparent's home in the Southwest. In 2001, after his studies, he moved to the famous village of Calce to make natural wine alongside the domaine's of Gauby, Matassa, Horizon, and Pithon. He works with no additives or sulphites. His wines are distinctly crafted, with a lifted quality rare in the Roussillon.
Calce is famous for its tectonic marvel of striated bedrock -- a veritable playground for soil geeks and biodynamic seekers alike. Vines are pinstriped along limestone, clay, marl, and granite striations, allowing for many controlled fermentations and blends that put the prowess of a winemaker like Philippe at center stage. These wines are first class, always clean and elegant, always giving, and always fodder for lots of conversation.
petit taureau = little bull
Carignan planted in 1900 and 1978, Syrah in 1980
Altitude: 240 to 300m
named after a song by Claude Nougaro from 1967 filled with references to wine, women and song, “Je suis un petit taureau…”.
Carignan from limestone marls, Syrah from limestone
region: Roussillon, France
varietal: 50% Syrah 50% Carignan
farming/cellar: organic & biodynamic farming, hand picked, fermented in concrete, matured in neutral oak