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Sébastien Agelet

Sébastien Agelet is a vigneron in Paziols in southern France, 15 km from the sea between Leucate and Perpignan. His story is much like that of many winemakers at Pur Jus, as a man who’d always delivered his family’s grapes to the cooperative, until the day that he discovered a passion for making wine himself... It was in 2012 that he rebaptised his estate De Mena, which in Catalan, his region’s ancestral language, means "from nature". There’s no going against one’s nature, especially when one has a deep desire to make wine! It was a project that had time to mature, as Agelet had already been tending to the estate’s vines for 10 years. Vines in the process of organic certification, ploughed with his grandfather’s caterpillar tractor. The vinification is close to “natural” with little to no sulphur at bottling. He’s a vigneron who is starting to make noise, though one could get the wrong idea seeing his chic labels seemingly stamped with marketing savvy. But that’s just a distraction, a disguise for the bottles and for a man in reality quite discrete, a winemaker of great sensitivity and abundant talent.
Sébastien Agelet
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Domaine De Mena
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A nose with notes of red plum, blackberry and spice (as you’d expect from the name!)... Palate: a Grenache with substance, this is rich juice with length and a touch of acidity. It’s supposed to be just an easy-drinking glouglou wine, but this cuvée has good balance and real substance too!

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