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Jean-François Nicq

Jean-François Nicq, former director of the famous high-quality cooperative “Cave d'Estézargues” in the Gard region, took over this estate in 2002. 14 hectares situated in Montesquieu-les-Albères, in the Pyrénées-Orientales department, less than a dozen kilometres from Spain. The estate takes its name from a historical novel by F.H. Fajardie: Les Foulards Rouges was a band of vigilantes led by the Comte de Nissac, and christened by the Cardinal de Mazarin. Jean-François is neither Prince de Catalogne, nor Cardinal de Nicq-Chelieu (though his moustache does seem to have been plucked straight out of that era!). However, the idea of rendering justice is one Jean-François likes very much – restoring justice to a wine region with a reputation for turning out overly heavy wines. He roams his parcels with determination, pruning shears in hand, the vines facing north, the Pyrénées at his back. From his very first year, he began converting his vineyard to organics. The result in his wines was a level of freshness and drinkability hitherto rare for the region, but which has today become the style to imitate! When it comes to vinification, he makes natural wines, without artifice, and little to no use of barrels, the goal above all being to make wines for drinking – and sharing with friends.

Jean-François Nicq
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