Domaine de la Senche, from Norway to France, Following the Winemaking Dream
The name Domaine de la Senche doesn’t sound very French, and you’re right, its origins are not French. Arnstein Hernes and his wife, Tove, came from Norway to cultivate this vineyard beneath the Montagne Noire in Languedoc-Roussillon. The moved from northern Norway to sunny France which has been a dream for ages and the start of a true love fro winemaking. They searched for the perfect location to make their dream come true, finally found the small village of La Livinière and purchased the land for their future winery. Domaine de la Senche estate has an illustrious history, both an award-winning vineyard and being the first local house that produced wine are both in their credit. Domaine de la Senche also has an olive grove to produce the estate’s artisanal olive oil.
The Winery that Produces Rare Cru
Domaine de la Senche produces wine under the Minervois-La-Livinière appellation which covers six villages in the foothills of Montagne Noire. Minervois-La-Livinière is special because it is one of just four Crus in the Languedoc region. The name has become recognized as a mark of quality throughout France and the world. The vineyards at Domaine de la Senche are divided over several plots with different terroir. In Le Village and Borie de Moligne, the soil is mostly silt, clay and limestone. In Felines, the soil is mainly soft clay with some schist and marble. The surrounding mountains provide a sort of shelter for the vineyards. This means the vineyards get warmth in the day, but cooler temperatures at night. The famous Mistral wind counteracts the moist sea breezes.
Domaine de la Senche – Towards Fully Organic Viticulture
The Hernes couple focuses on the high quality production of small volumes of wine and do everything by hand. Domaine de la Senche is also in conversion to organic growing and avoid chemicals in their production. Since they bought the winery, the owners have fully equipped the wine cellar with modern material and do all the work themselves such as manual harvesting, destemming, pressing, maturation, and bottling. The main grape is Syrah, but they also grow Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Vermentino. Grapes are a blend from different parcels to obtain the best results. White, red, and rosé wines are produced. Tomaine de la Senche’s top cuvée is called Cuvee SOMI, which is a Premier Cru La Liviniere and won 2 stars in the Guide Hachette 2020.