Vignerons d’Estezargues is a hip co-operative in the southern Rhone producing on scale, but to exacting quality defined by ‘reasoned viticulture’, which promotes less use of chemicals in vineyard.
The co-op only sprays minimally and only for mildew (no pesticides). They make wine to a ‘natural mantra’, with indigenous fermentation in cement vats, minimal SO2 addition and no other additives. It is one of the rare co-ops in Rhone that ferment individual cuvees for market release. La Cuvée des Copains translates to ‘the mates blend’ – it is 65% cinsault 20% grenache and then a few other bits and pieces. Screwcap too. Mike Bennie – The Wine Front