Working in Languedoc, in southern France, Jean-Benoit Vuittenez comes from a wine-making family who has been working the vineyards since 1980. Following studies in business, he started working with an import company where he became commercial director, while continuing his role running the family winery. Hailing from Beaune, the proverbial winemaking capital of Burgundy, Jean-Benoit has since 2016 been plying his trade on a 125 hectare estate on which he worked to have certified organic.
The property has been used for vineyards since the eighteenth century, and sits in Minervois, a region where winemaking dates back to the time of the Romans. It’s known for its windy conditions, but also its more than three hundred days of sunshine. Domaine Boulandière sits in the center of the region, in Aude, and is uniquely set up, with ample room for the biodiversity of the terrain to shine.
With more than 40 hectares given over to native plants, or olive trees, Jean-Benoit embraces the importance of this biodiversity in the land that he works, focusing on Syrah, the principal red grape in the area, but also a Chardonnay which takes on a far more rich character than the mineral examples one associates with his native Burgundy.