Domaine de L’Alezan is a young Domain created in 2013 by Rémi and Patricia Bonneton. The Domain is a work in progress and counts today 1.7 hectars. The vineyards are located in Tournon Sur Rhone and Etables in the Doux Valley.
The name Domaine “L’Alezan” is a tribute to the colour of their horses : Suspens and Palynka, who made their dream possible. Prior to starting the Domain Rémi gained experience in the Rhone by offering a unique skill to local grape growers: horse plowing their vineyards. For 6 years Suspens and Palynka, directed by Remy, worked in the most prestigious Rhone vineyards, and became highly respected for the quality of their work.
In 2013 Remy and Patricia dream became true when finding a small vineyard that needed to be rescued. The vineyard is isolated and located on steep terrain, which cannot be mechanized.
All the work is done manually, or horse-powered, without herbicides, pesticides or other chemical products.
They are currently in the process of getting their organic certification.
In the cellar, the philosophy is to express the work done in the vineyard, the grapes, and the terroir, rather than manipulating the wine.
Vinification (first vintage was 2016) are inspired by the local traditions: punching down and pumping over for the reds, and direct pressing for the whites. Ageing is adapted to each vintage and each wine in order to let the wine express itself.
Fermentations are spontaneous with indigenous yeasts. No oenological products are used.