2019, La Vigne du Facteur
France · Languedoc-Roussillon · Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie
It sounds a bit like a fairytale, but it’s true. After years of delivering mail in his native Alsace, Serge Scherrer transferred to the South of France and took over the mail route in the potter's village of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie. Although Serge grew up and studied winemaking in Alsace, he wasn’t able to create a domaine from scratch in his home region. Regardless, Serge always stayed friends with winemakers in the region, notably with natural wine legend Bruno Schueller.
After settling in the south near the quaint medieval town of Uzès, Serge purchased four hectares of old vine hillside vineyards around Saint-Quentin that no other vigneron cared to bother with. However, the site’s small yields were producing some of the best fruit around. After his official retirement from La Poste in 2018, the opportunity to acquire five more hectares of old vine Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Tempranillo proved too tempting to resist. Serge is now forging ahead faster than ever to create some of the most personal and inspiring wines around Uzès.
For those who are wondering, Agarrus refers to the native oak 'quercus coccifera' that grows in the scrublands around the Mediterranean. When Serge started the domaine, he let his teenage son choose the font for his new label. Serge did not anticipate that his music-loving son would choose a 'death metal' font for this new wine project, but the choice was made and lives on to this day.