I visited Christian Baillat in the Corbieres who makes some excellent natural wines. He also gave his wwoofers a chance to appear in the episode, and we talk a little about this unique way to travel the world and experience agricultural lifestyles.
The wine is really great and I explore a side of the Corbieres that we haven’t really seen on the blog yet. It’s a rustic setting, but no rusticity in the wine. Instead of playing on those barnyard qualities, there’s some smooth red fruit and a good bit of structure. I could easily confuse some of his top cuvées with wine from my own area in the Cabardes.
And Christian Baillat is a cool guy with a sort of spiritualist, hippy vibe to him. He believes in natural winemaking and treating the plants with the respect that every living organism deserves. I don’t think he’s certified biodynamic, but he sounds like he believes in that fanatical level of micromanagement with a pince of magic. He treats his vineyard more like a native-plant garden than a monoculture.
If you want a taste of the life of a winemaker, wwoofing is a very interesting way to do it. You volunteer to work for a little less than full time and you get lodged and fed and wined. And then you have time to visit the countryside or go to town ocassionally. It’s really neat. Look it up. Or email me about it. WWOOFing is technically an organic program and only works with certifiied organic growers. If you don’t care about organic or have other specifications, you should email me and I’ll put you in touch with people who like to do this kind of thing.
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