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Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres, France

Bruno Schenk is a legend here at SVS. He was an engineer in Alsace before he came to buy vineyards in the Corbieres in 1995. At first he sent his grapes to the co-operative, but after one frost affected year he decided he had to come out and bottle his own wines to survive.

Domaine du Grand Arc

The vines are on classic argilo-calcaire soils, with some sandstone, in the wild hills between Cucugnan and Padern, overlooked by the amazing hill-top Cathar castles of Quéribus and Peyrepertuse. It’s surprisingly cool here - Bruno was told when he arrived  that the land was only good for white and rosé - and this gives great finesse and freshness to all the wines. From the 2016 vintage all wines are certified organic. In addition Bruno also makes wine with natural yeasts and without using any sulphur at all until bottling, so he qualifies as a "natural" winemaker. He attributes the deep colours of his reds to this practice.

It’s worth noting that Bruno’s reds keep really well - even the Reserve Grand Arc will be drinking beautifully about six years after the vintage.

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