Clos de Cimes

Clos des Cimes is a mountain estate located in the Drôme Provençale, in the old village of Mérindol les Oliviers. The estate is at an altitude of 650m and offers incredible landscapes, with a castle overlooking the vineyard and a view of Mont Ventoux! In 2007 with both an engineering and an oenology diploma under her belt, followed by an internship at Clos Mogador in Priorat, Elodie Aubert moved back to her family estate with the idea to make artisanal and authentic wines.

Following the path of her father by not using pesticides or herbicides she decided to go even further. In 2013, she acquired a herd of sheep to work towards a production as resilient as possible. Donkeys, dogs and even chickens & ducks all have their place in this ecosystem that is constantly evolving. In this environment, the vines planted by Elodie's grandparents in the 50s enjoy a terroir consisting of a clay-limestone soil, very stony and steep. So many factors combine in one place to create lively and singular wines!

In the cellar, the philosophy is the same. To preserve the environment and to respect the well-being of the consumer, Elodie vinifies her wines without exogenous inputs. Several processes have been adopted: vinification in concrete vats with few manipulations makes it possible to preserve the expression of the terroir as well as possible. Some cuvées are vinified in open barrels to bring complexity and flexibility to create great wines for aging. Everything, naturally, is vinified with indigenous yeasts. Only the whites and rosé require a very low dose of sulphites during bottling.

With her 8 hectares of vines and 2 hectares of apricot trees, Elodie’s ambition was to capture the terroir, climate and history of her corner of the southern Rhône which she has achieved brilliantly!