The brothers Nau are Patrice (manager and winemaker), his brother Bertrand and his brother-in-law, Abel. The latter two are semi-retired. They operate this 20 hectare domaine that produces about 40-50,000 bottles annually. The property that originally was a poly-farm now grows commercially only grapes.
All grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. They use gentle extraction known as jus de goutte (free-run wine as opposed to pressing). Vinification is done in large concrete tanks at a controlled temperature.
We seem to bump into family members all over this sprawling estate. They all are cheerful, gracious and hospitable. A few remnants of the old farm remain and we were offered fresh picked cherries after strolling through the vineyards.
This photo is from a few years back, but we couldn’t resist It so wonderfully depicts the whimsical, good-natured, down-to-earth character of this family and their estate that seems to impart so much joy in their wines. Don’t make the mistake though of thinking they aren’t serious about wine. One taste and you will recognize they are world class.