Domaine Coston | Biodynamic estate winery in the Terrasses du Larzac AOC in Languedoc, France.
Owner | Mme Marie-Thérèse Coston and her sons Philippe and Jean-Marc Coston (06.17.35.64.80).
Vineyards | 12 hectares (29.7 acres) in Puechabon and neighbouring Aniane in the Terrasses de Larzac. Clay-limestone. 210 metres. 5,000 vines/ha @ 2 metres x 0.80 metres. R110 and R140. Carignan (gobelet), Syrah (cordon de royat), Grenache Noir (cordon de royat). Also PV, Mourvèdre.
Biodynamics | ‘Prepared Horn Manure 500, 502-507 is sprayed on the soil in spring. Horn silica 501 is sprayed before flowering. No Biodynamic compost 502-507,’ I was told by the owners at Millésime Bio 2014.
Certification | 2002 First vintage with full organic certification for roughly 3 hectares. | 2006 Roughly 6 hectares fully organic, and another 6 hectares in conversion. | 2008 The whole estate was fully organic for the first time. | 2011 Full Demeter Biodynamic certification for the first time. 2017 Still certified Biodynamic by Demeter.
Winemaking | The winery was renovated from 2000, and in 2002 the family made their own wine (as opposed to sending the grapes to the co-op). Hand picked. Stainless steel.