“A need to return to our roots”
Mireille and Pierre Mann were running a successful restaurant and hotel in Alsace in the early 2000s, but something was a missing from their lives. Both had been born into Alsatian winemaking families, and the past tugged at their souls. First came a desire to work the land and cultivate vines. These feelings morphed into a passion, and then an imperative.
“We had a need to return to our roots and leave everything behind and start over,” says Pierre.
The couple looked to the southwest of France, acquiring a small plot, 35 acres, in the Fitou Maritime, overlooking the Mediterranean. Here they set up Mas Des Caprices in the charming town of Leucate in Languedoc-Roussillon. The winery suggests a workshop, an atelier where Mireille and Pierre focus on craftsmanship and a philosophy of non-interventionism and biodynamic wines. They are not interested in fame or making wines that capture high ratings yet lack a connection to soil and culture.
Mireille and Pierre make wines to be enjoyed every day, wines integral to a lifestyle of food, friendship and the seductions of a Mediterranean way of life. Made from Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, their red wines (and rose) are fresh, exuberant and extroverted. You taste vibrant fruit and the personality of the land. The wines are as inviting as a smile — a reminder that for Mieille and Pierre winemaking is also the hospitality business.
Learn more about Mas des Caprices here.