Composing with nature, seasons, and man
The Domaine de Cousignac estate spreads over 60ha of living ecosystem in the Rhone Valley, where the Rhone and the Ardeche rivers meet. Protected by the Pommier family for seven generations, the vineyard’s organically cultivated terraces are comprised of the terroirs of Vivarais, Côtes du Rhône and Saint Andéol Village.
With the natural reserve of the Ardeche canyon as a backdrop, Raphael Pommier plays the role of wine composer, each year interpreting a melody for lovers of vibrant and generous viticulture.
Respect for the environment - the estate’s first commitment.
Thanks to the initiative of Raphael’s father, Pierre Pommier, finding himself allergic to the chemical products used on crops, the vineyard has been cultivated without synthetic insecticides since the 1960’s.
Organically certified since 2007, the estate has also been certified HVE (High Environmental Value) level 3 since 2018. More than ever committed to the protection of the environment, in 2020 the estate joined the OAB (Agricultural Biodiversity Observatory), experimenting with agroforestry on the property.
Respect for the gustative quality of the wine - the estate’s second commitment.
Raphael Pommier carries out his work parcel by parcel, tirelessly selecting the grapes, in order to increase the potential of each vintage, while limiting extraneous ingredients.
In this way, the estate produces a selection of red, white and rose wine, of which some can be natural, non-filtered, or non-sulfited in addition to more traditional wines, but always organic. There is but one objective; to guarantee quality flavors in all the wine!
Respect for human values - the estate’s third commitment
Each of the estate’s bottles is an invitation to travel, to adventure, to pleasure, to discover… Each vintage recounts a story, a folly, a passion, an astonishment to surpass… Each of our wines talks to you, touches you, surprises you and gives you the desire to share it… Because for us, wine is much more than fermented grape juice; it’s our humanity in a bottle. It’s the first social media, it’s a true civilization!
OF THE ESTATE
8 million years ago
Presence of Vitis Vinifera vines in the Ardeche. Fossilized grape leaves in Ardeche limestone.
36000 years ago (Aurignacian)
The Chauvet Caves, a temple of paleolithic parietal art, is located 15 minutes from the estate. There are numerous traces of prehistoric activities found on the estate.
1000 years ago (Iron age)
Presence of carbonized vines in the trenches of Alba Helvorum, a Gaul city in the Ardeche reputed for its wine and located 10 minutes from the estate.
1st century (Gallo-Roman epoque)
Numerous Roman villas were settled on estate land; presence of earthenware jars and wine amphoras. The name ‘Cousignac’ originated from the Latin ‘Quasi Ignis’ or hot place.
6th century (Medieval)
The construction of a chapel, dedicated to Saint Vincent, on the upper hillsides of Cousignac and the first written mention of the estate which was given to the clergy by a Gallo-roman family.
14th century (Middle ages)
The expansion of the chapel and its consecration to Our Lady of Cousignac (Notre Dame de Cousignac). Followed by the creation of a priory and parish (250 souls).
Olivier de Serre, the first French agronomist (and from the Ardeche), becomes a co-lord of the estate.
The Pommier family arrives as tenant croppers of the estate’s soil, at that time owned by the church until the revolution, and then owned by the Pommier family until today.
Arrival of Raphael and Andéol Pommier, the 7th generation to cultivate the soil.
of the wine
With his minor and major scale, the wine composer seeks to make you discover the estate’s classics. Whether through parcel selection or through specially blended vintages, the wines in this category are typical of the Rhone Valley. They represent the heart of the estate’s range, unchanging in reputation and quality, year after year. Don’t hesitate to taste!
These unique and experimental arrangements exhibit the creative madness of the wine composer. Each vintage is the fruit of a story, a passion, an experience based on intuition from both a scientific and poetic approach. They form a patchwork of cuvees for which the result is surprising and amazing. These are the estate’s high-end wines. To discover without delay!
Each harvest brings its own batch of surprises which leads the wine composer to reinvent. The singles are the cuvees which capture the good vibrations of the year. These wines are young and modern, often of one grape variety, and with one single promise: drinkability. To listen to, without restraint.
Vin de France
Together, Raphael and Rachel have created a place of welcome. Here, in complete nature, guests are revitalized and can discover the wine of the estate and the numerous activities around the vineyard.