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Prior to her start in winemaking, Sandrine Farrugia worked for a Japanese wine exporter based in Paris selling organic, natural wines. While working there in 2007, she met and began dating one of their produces - Elian Da Ros. After going back and forth to the southwest of France for 2 years, she decided to quit her Parisian life to move to Cocumont.
Very quickly, she began to work with Elian - as there's not really much else to do in Cocumont. 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 discretly, making decisions, managing the vineyrads and vinification herself based on what she has learned in the last 10 years. The wines have theur own personality and express another dimension of the great Southwest.
Sandrine Farrugia "La Vague"
Varietals: 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet France, 33% Abouriou Color: Red
20 year-old vines. Silty clay soils on white limestone marl. Certified organic. Destemmed Merlot et Cabernet Franc, lightly extracted. Abouriou undergoes carbonic maceration. 3,000 bottles produced.
Sandrine Farrugia "52 Ares"
Varietals: 70% sémillon -30% sauvignon Color: White
Gravely limestone terroir. 12 year old vines. Certified organic. Slow press and cold settling, then slow fermentation with natural yeast in old demi-muids. No racking or filtering. Lightly filtered. Small amount of SO2 during press and bottling. 18 month in old demi-muids and cement tank. 1,500 bottles produced.