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Laurence Manya-Krief

Laurence Manya-Krief is sincere, upright, and determined... Formerly a sales director in ready-to-wear fashion, at 35 years old she dropped her career for a life of vines. Today, our taste buds are thrilled that she did! She may be petite, but she cultivates some of the most difficult plots in France. Her steep slopes are completely incompatible with mechanised farming, so she depends instead on horse and mule power to work her7 hectares of black schist soils, planted with century-old Grenache and Carignan vines. The estate has been certified organic since 2008, and Laurence eschews chemical fertilisers in favour of composts of fruit pulp, feather meal and crab shells! Harvest time here is always a lively, joyous event, with grapes collected at extremely low yields of 10-20 hl/ha, but never overripe. Vinifying whole cluster, Domaine Yoyo is focused on producing juice that’s easy-drinking and of moderate strength – the result are the most chic and thirst-quenching wines of Banyuls!

Laurence Manya-Krief
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