History and Origins
Jeff Carrel was born in Paris where he studied chemistry. In 1991 he decided to change his life and start to study oenology in Montpellier, graduating in ‘94 with a National Diploma in oenology. Jeff took a number of positions, vinifying in the Loire at Martignié Briant, then in Alsace for Wolfberger on their site Dambach and in Languedoc (laboratory of oenology Council where he will follow the domains in development as la grange des père, Daumas Gassac, and others).
Philosophy and Methods
Jeff developed a consulting business where he vinifies and advises mainly in the Languedoc Roussillon, but also in Priorat, in Bordeaux, Beaujolais and in Bourgogne. He also focuses on the development of his own wines that carry his name. Working with unique sites in Languedoc, Roussillon and Cotes Catalanes, Jeff takes time to find those sites that have been left somewhat unloved but within each he finds extraordinary potential.
He’s not afraid to go against the flow, far from it, he’ll work with indigenous grape varieties, single plots and varietals, with minimal intervention in the winery.
Intention and Production
His wines are always balanced, hand crafted and full of true character showcasing where they’re from. Often bursting with freshness and delicious fruit, picking right, but choosing soils and terroirs that are higher elevation, based on unique and sloping soils & older vines, to give complexity to the fruit and freshness to the finished wine.
Jeff’s wines offer fantastic value to quality, often receiving glowing reviews from the French and US press and independent reviewers of note.