Our Story

Ethos & Vision

Our aim is to create wines that truly give a sense of place, with minimal intervention that allows the terroir to speak for itself. We make wines in small volumes using organic methods, and are working towards being fully biodynamic, too. We believe this is the best way to create wines that truly express their terroir, with each of our cuvées telling a different story.

The Place

Named after the two hundred metre-wide meteorite crater which lies at the heart of the domaine, our vineyard sits in the village of Cabrerolles, at over three hundred metres of altitude in the foothills of the Haut-Languedoc mountains.

The land on which we are situated influences the quality of our wines considerably. The Cevennes mountains to our north shelter us from harsh winds and create a down-current of cool air that brings freshness and acidity, while the Mediterranean to the south provides the warm sea breezes which bring full maturity to our fruit. Beyond that, the soil in which our vines are rooted has notable expression in the wines themselves.

We are situated on rocky schist soils, derived from slate and found in only a few areas in the world. On schist, vine roots are forced to grow deep, which keeps yields low and brings a distinctive minerality to the wines, whilst they are suffused with the aromas of the wild herbs which characterise the area.

At Domaine du Météore we are unique in having vines in two of the area’s most famous appellations: Faugères and Saint-Chinian (Roquebrun), between which the structure of the soils differs considerably. Faugères tends to be composed of yellow/brown schist, while Saint-Chinian is dominated by blue schist. Having vines in both of these places allows us to explore and compare their influence across our range.

The People

The domaine is owned by Paul Jarman and Paul Jenkins, two London-based doctors and wine enthusiasts who have known the area well for many years. Passionate about the possibilities presented by the Languedoc to create truly compelling wines, they have spent a long time searching for a vineyard with the right potential, history and a truly unique setting. When they found Domaine du Météore, they knew they had found the right land and vines to create the wines they wanted.

Our Winemakers

Vincent Balansa, Régisseur

Master vigneron Vincent spent many years at domaine le Soula in Roussillon and has trained some highly renowned winemakers. Passionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of winemaking, Vincent is leading our charge to continually improve upon the quality of our wines and to take the domaine from organic to fully biodynamic. He is a great believer in allowing nature to produce its bounty without interference – something he takes not into his winemaking approach, but also as a keen forager and cook.

Jean Natoli, Consultant

We are very pleased to be working with Jean, a highly renowned agronomist-oenologist and one of the Languedoc’s most influential wine consultants. With a guiding principle that every wine should have its own character and purpose, he has helped to create some of the Languedoc’s very best wines. He works together with Vincent to help bring our wines to life, bringing impressive technical experience to match Vincent’s winemaking skills.

Visit Us

The vineyard is quietly nestled in the Haut-Languedoc national park and we are delighted to welcome visitors for tastings, walks and more. With sweeping views down to the Mediterranean and, at our heart, the huge meteorite crater after which we are named, it is a truly one-of-a-kind place to visit.

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Our Wine

Our founding ethos is to create wines that give a sense of place – wines that express the terroir and forces of nature that created them, with as little intervention and process as possible.

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