Mont de Marie is Thierry Forestier, a former IT consultant who in 2002 decided on a life change; to work with the land. His family had previously been farmers in the Nimes area but Thierry was still fairly new to the whole viticulture side of things.
Thierry settled just outside Souvignargues - a beautiful small medieval village located between the Cevennes and the Camargue, 20km from Nimes - and in 2004 started making wines from just five hectares of old vines.
Today Thierry is farming 12ha of Carignan de Cinsault, Aramon, Grenache and Viognier on clay-sandy soil. The parcels benefit from cool nights in summer, with cold air currents coming down from the Aigoual massif. All the vineyards are located in an environment rich in biodiversity on hillsides surrounded by woods.
The vineyards are farmed organically without herbicides or insecticides, only copper-sulfur applications to fight mildew. Thierry often uses carbonic maceration with indigenous yeast for the fermentation and bottles his wines unfined and unfiltered, without added sulfites.
Thierry is fastidious in his process of hyper observation and minimal intervention, the result being vibrant and sensitive wines with plenty of flavour but also with freshness and finesse.