New Arrivals | Ocre Rouge

Ocre Rouge was established in 1999 by Aymeric and Marceline, a young couple who had just married that year and decided to leave their native Champagne for new pastures. Aymeric had previously intended to take the reins at the Beaufort domaine; however, with his father too young to retire, he and Marceline decided to go it alone and make a fresh start in the South of France 15km from Nîmes, where the land is more affordable.

The couple built the cellar and home brick by brick without previous building experience. Intending to produce the fine sparkling wines Aymeric had spent his childhood making alongside his father, Jacques Beaufort, they began planting the varieties they knew best alongside the old vines of Carignan.

Today, they have established themselves for producing Beaufort family bubbles, with a generous price tag, all thanks to their geographical location. La Perle is aged on the lees and disgorged on the fly, while their still Pinot Noir, and in the best of vintages, a Chardonnay are fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in old oak barrels for a minimum of six months and with tiny amounts of sulphur added at bottling. The expertly controlled use of oak softens the edges of some of the varieties best known in the region and beyond. 

For 2023, we have three wines from the domaine: the long-awaited latest release of La Perle, their lesser-seen Chardonnay (Still), and a re-stock of their 2021 Pinot Noir.