The wines are not bad at all: a very drinkable and digestible rosé (Grenache and Cinsault) plus three red blends. My favourite was the middle one in the range: Les Ares Premiers 2010 IGP Coteaux du Pont du Gard, 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache, low yields (25 hl/ha) thanks to old vines, and 25% aged in new oak. There’s plenty of Syrah structure and perfume with the generosity of southern French Grenache – it’s still very youthful. They sell most of their wine from the cellar door and it is not available outside France – ‘unless you come to visit us and buy some’, said Leblanc.
Made by professional British filmmaker Fiona Cunningham-Reid, who got roped into pruning one winter while she was house-sitting nearby, the film lasts around 50 minutes and won the award for the best feature (le meilleur long métrage) in the 2012 Oenovideo awards. It celebrates the sense of community that they have created around their passion for making wine and sharing it, and it takes you through the seasons of one year, treading a careful path between explaining all that is involved without overloading the spectator with technical detail.
The film is not on general release but you can buy it (£7.99) or rent it (£4.99) here.