Nicolas Renaud is a thirty-something winemaker settled since 2007 just next to Tavel, Avignon. His adventure began in 2003 when Nicolas, a disciple of Eric Pfifferling of the Domaine de l'Anglore, decided to trade his career in public education for the hard but liberating profession of a vigneron. Formerly a professor of history and geography, he got trained into his new profession at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, bought a handful of vines in 2006 then a full 4.5 hectares in 2007. Today, the estate consists of 14 hectares, farmed biodynamically in their entirety. Nicolas, like Eric, ranks among a small number of Rhône vignerons who aren’t interested in over-extraction and making heavy wines. Nicolas seeks drinkability and fruit, as naturally as possible, and with an enduring leitmotiv: to respect the vine, is to respect oneself. His jubilant juice is reaching a level of such quality that now Nicolas undeniably deserves to be ranked among the most dependably delicious vignerons of the southern Rhône.