Marcel Buhler

Introducing Domaine des Enfants, the world’s next ‘Cult’ Roussillon wine (UK exclusivity)

Posted by on May 17, 2013
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We have recently discovered what we believe are one of, if not the best wine producers of South West of France.

Domaine des Enfants is located in Maury, a small village in the Agly Valley of the Roussillon region of France, and the creation of Swiss born Marcel Buhler and his wife Oregon born Carrie Sumner. Visit our blog to read more about Domaine des Enfants.

The wine is available in countries across the world, including Japan: the USA, Norway, Denmark and Germany, but until now has not been available in the UK. We are therefore very excited to be representing them in the UK. Unfortunately, as the estate is comprised of just 23 Ha, and due to their strong international presence, allocations are tight. However, we have secured an allocation of 10 cases of their mid-range white and 10 of their mid-range red.

About the wines

Tabula rasa 2011: is a white wine cuvee from Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc and Macabeu. Rigorous grape selection takes place, followed by wild in-barrel fermentation.

Tasting note:

‘An opulent bouquet of spiced arancello and rich stone fruits. Sensational palate containing notes of key lime pie and wild honey with an ethereal mineral twist’

L’Enfant Perdu 2010: Contains four legendary Roussillon grapes Grenache, Carignan, Lladoner pelut and Syrah, some up to 50 years old. Half of this wine is developed in French barrels holding 300-600l and the other half finds its place in concrete tanks.

Tasting note:

‘Glorious nose of fruits of the forest, coco nibs with a touch of white pepper. Vivacious palate of juicy blackcurrants, fig with a charming flinty element’.


Why we love this producer

• Their wines express a ridiculous degree of concentration and complexity, at the same time as being refined and harmonised.

• Incredible price point £100/ case of 6 bottles + delivery, we conducted a blind tasting in the office and everyone in the team estimated that the cost was £30-50 / bottle!

• Fastidious production methods. Old vines are grown on extremely steep slopes, planted closely together to enhance concentration of the fruit, this means tractors cannot pass between the rows and horses are used instead, which helps maintain the integrity of the soil.

• Minimal intervention wine making techniques, such as no fining or filtration, which results in maximised expression of terroir and authenticity

• The Wine Advocate loves them too! All back vintages have scored 90+ points, the vintage we have on offer is yet to be reviewed, but is widely regarded as being equal to previous years. Follow this link:


 Carrie and Marcel’s favourite food matches:

Tabula rasa 2011:

Marcel- whole red snapper grilled on the fire with garlic confit, and oven roasted fingerling potatoes with green peppers and onions

Carrie- tajine slow roasted duck legs. Roasted with Moroccan spiced aubergine and chick peas. Garnished with raw red onions, oranges, mint and cilantro. Served with cumin cous cous

L’enfant perdu 2010:

Marcel- grilled veal chops with a rich reduction, cèpes, and a pecorino risotto

Carrie- Maury braised pork cheeks with parsnip chips, fork mashed fingerling potatoes with chives and crème fraîche,and blackened Brussels sprouts with lardons

3x Tabula rasa 2011& 3x L’enfant perdu 2010 @ £100 per case (excluding delivery)

We have just 40 6 bottle cases available, don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to taste a phenomenal wine.

Order now!

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Domaine des Enfants

Posted by on May 17, 2013
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Marcel Buhler was educated in finance and working in a Zurich bank when he decided the suit just didn’t fit and he had to get out of the office. He took off the tie, went back to school in winemaking and headed south, eventually finding the right terroir in Maury, a small village in the Agly Valley of the Roussillon region of France. This is tough country: wind swept vineyards on precarious slopes of black schist, weather that tends to extreme heat and bitter cold with hail at the worst times in the vineyard cycle, an habitual lack of rain and low yielding old vines of mostly Grenache Noir, with some Carignane, Syrah and several white varieties scattered throughout. It is a region that will test your strength and resolve, but when managed well, will produce wines of depth, complexity and sometimes, great finesse.

Marcel gained a partner and much more when he married Carrie Sumner in 2011. Carrie is an American from the Pinot Noir country of Oregon, a chef, sommelier and now winemaker. You have to see the two of them pruning vines on a cold winter day or plowing the vineyards with horses to understand how hard this work is.


I asked Marcel why they do it: “Living off what nature gives to you was for me always a huge attraction. It also has to do with being independent, only dependent on nature, not on any companies, being able to make your own living through nature. And when it came together with wine that was what I wanted to do. It’s an incredibly interesting world all made up just of grape juice. It gives you a space to create something with your hands, with your imagination, with your creativity.”

The winery is a no-frills workspace on the edge of town, there’s no tasting room, no sign, but when you climb the dirt and rock road to the Domaine, its purpose is clear. There is a tin utility building on a concrete pad and numerous farm machines and old basket presses scattered about. Housing and hay for Nina, the horse and Bambou, the mule are on the left, the chicken coop sits behind, between the building and a small vineyard. There will be several cars and trucks parked to the right and a small trailer and picnic area facing the building. Inside are concrete fermentation tanks and aging barrels; during the harvest a sorting line is set up in here and broken down and washed outside.

It’s spare and small but appropriate to Marcel’s philosophy, which is all about minimal intervention in the natural process of growing and making wine.

The philosophy of organic farming and minimal winemaking, combined with fair labor practices creates a harmonious and productive atmosphere at Domaine des Enfants. I was privileged to be a guest at several end-of-harvest parties that featured spit-roasted wild boar – we can hope it was the same one that chewed a good hunk Grenache – salads and sides from Carrie, and the previous year’s wine. They were joyous and generous events, with all the vineyard and winery workers and their families celebrating the end of a year of very hard work and the creation of an extraordinary wine.



by Ron Scherl

Ron Scherl has been a professional photographer and wine enthusiast since 1973, working for a wide range of clients and publishing in many major international publications. He is the author of Between the Vines, A Year in a French Wine Village and is currently living in San Francisco and working on a novel set in the South of France.

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