In between the ancient Roman city of Narbonne and the old Cathar stronghold of Carcassonne, Domaine des Homs is a tribute to old-fashioned values. The good-natured, genuine and imminently pragmatic Jean-Marc and Anne De Crozals farm a sublime 20-hectare plateau deep in the Languedoc’s Minervois. In 2006, they began converting to organic farming practices and earned their certification in 2009. Regular plowing sets them apart from their neighbors, allowing their sand, silt, clay and schist soils to retain water in this otherwise windy, sunny and extremely dry climate.
In the cellar, the attention to detail is no less impressive, and each wine, from their AOC Minervois to their Vin de Pays d’Ocs, is treated as its own entity, employing long vinifications on primarily native yeasts to translate the depth and soul of their magnificent terroir. The resulting wines are as seamless and approachable as the people who bring them to life, with deep, thirst-quenching reds, sun-kissed, elegant whites and succulent rosés. Their exceptional value is a marvel when one considers the incredible attention to detail that goes into every bottle.