Sun, Earth, Moon
An infinite universe. Make your way to Arpaillargues and its twenty-three hectare vineyard in a superb setting with a Duché d’Uzès-Pays d’Oc protected appellation. Cellar, vats, casks, bottles – Baptiste Cartier, our winemaker, and the precision of his work: wine. Terroir, climate, vines, organic farming, harvesting – François Serret: grapes. Visitor centre – Mathea Koch, a lover of beauty and life’s pleasures, and a sensible passion for wine. Helping us at every step of the process, Damien Aillerie, in the cellar, vineyard, and wine-tasting area.
Wine is an endless journey.
The team photographed by ©Marie Moroni
The first of these was in Arpaillargues, where our forbear Gabrielle Deleuze Rochetin created the estate’s wines. These wines were always mentioned fondly by everyone in the family, who invariably associated them with the Maison de la Truffe, which was opened by her grandson in Paris. The estate’s wines were served there abundantly with the truffles grown in Arpaillargues.
The second estate, La Grange in Grignan, was owned by our great-grandmother Sophie Chapouton and her husband François. Wine and truffles were also a shared memory, and were served at gatherings with produce from the farm that adjoined the family house.
With this purchase, we discovered the immense pleasure of becoming part of the cycle of winemaking and entrusted the architect François Privat with the task of designing the building that would house our wine cellar. Many a wonderful encounters – with Serge Mouriesse, the Saluces Agency, Baptiste Cartier, François Serret, Mathea Koch and Damien Aillerie – enabled us to shape the estate, build its strong identity, grow beautiful organic grapes and produce the wines we love, worthy of the Uzège terroirs.
Since then, the journey continues. Baptiste Cartier, our winemaker, works towards showcasing wines that best represent our terroir and its typicities. His precise craftsmanship and environmentally friendly approach help us bring out the best in the wines that we are delighted to offer you.
What I love most about my work is navigating the living world. The balance one must find between one’s strong convictions and the unpredictability of the elements fascinates me.
Working at the estate since 2013, I have enjoyed the company of a dynamic team that cares deeply about the men and women who contribute to the project, striving for beauty, quality, and fairness. These are the values that I try to instil into the estate’s wines.
My first collaboration with the Deleuze-Rochetin estate came six years ago when I was hired to work at the contemporary art gallery that was housed on the premises until 2019.
Little by little, I became increasingly passionate about wine. My position at the estate enables me to come into contact with all the steps of the process, from the making to the selling of the wine. This fascinating world, the admirable and tireless work of the winemakers to craft a product that remains as close as possible to nature captivate me. With its countless and delightful tastings and teachings, friendly encounters and sharing of happy times, wine is a endless topic that I continue to explore every day with great joy.
My father grew his vines naturally, without any synthetic treatments, which is why I have always remained attached to organic farming and respecting nature.
After having spent many years in Spain, I decided to move to France and settled in the beautiful region of Uzès with a view to pursuing my work as a winegrower.
After a series of work experiences, I finally joined the Deleuze-Rochetin estate in 2013. I have since endeavoured to grow the vineyard in ways that respect the soil, plants, and the environment.
As a perfectionist, I attach a great deal of importance to detail in my work, and in turn the vineyard rewards this method by producing beautiful grapes!
Later on, my hospitality training and varied experience working in the restaurant industry in France and abroad strengthened my growing passion for wine and led me to become a sommelier. This experience brought me many a wonderful wine-tasting moment, rewarding exchanges and memorable encounters.
I decided to leave the restaurant industry in 2018 to follow my desire to learn winemaking.
This is how I started working at the Deleuze-Rochetin estate, happy to discover a new world and to contribute to the life of the vineyard, cellar and wine-tasting cellar.
I am now able to fully enjoy my love of wine thanks to the team’s trust and support.