Renouard - Scamandre
Nadine and Franck
Chemin des Coquillons 30600 Vauvert.
Tel. +33 615 386 307 (Nadine)
Direct sale: Yes, but opening hours are not mentioned at the
Nadine and Franck
Renouard are both educated as dentists. Franck
Renouard is still active as an international well known scientist
specialised in implantation.
In 2000 a dentist congress was cancelled and
Nadine and Franck
Renouard who are very interested in modern art went to Carmargue to
visit a painter. During this trip they met an oenolog and also an owner
of some vineyards from where he delivered the grapes to a cooperative.
These people became friends of Nadine and Franck
Renouard, and the vision of Scamandre was born.
Already in 2003 a
cellar was constructed and ready to vinify the first vintage.
As Nadine and Franck
Renouard did not have much knowledge in building a winery and making
wines they depended on advice from others among them their friend the
The name Scamandre
comes from the nearby situated Étang de Scamandre.
The vineyards of the domain are
the most southern of the Rhone Valley - about 30 km from the
Mediteraenien. The soil of the 15
ha of the domain are semiliar to what you find in Chateauneuf du Pape:
"18 metre deep layer of rolled
pebble stone and clay that naturally controls the soil's water
From the very beginning the vineyards
have been cultivated organically and since 2012 they are certified agriculture
biologique. Some biodynimac methods have been used but
information about certification is not found. (by the publisher of this
2013: Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre.
Aged for at least 2 years in barriques. Efter the following blending a
year in tank. After bottling resting a year before release.
Scamandre Reserve Blanc
2016: Carignan, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne. Vinification in
Production 1.200 bottles
2018: 100% Grenache. 90-years-old vines. Press direct. Vinification in
Production: 2.000 bottles
The project Scamandre is in
several ways different from what you elsewhere can discover in
the Rhone region and for that matter in other wine regions.
Frank Renourd is a scientist (implantologie).
the viticulturel work seems to be decided at the base of
scientic experiments "A multitude of details that all depend on a
scientifically-designed management system that gives Scamandre
wines their exceptional quality".
The Whole project is from the start thought organically in all
details. The cellar building is made mainly from glas and tree
in a way that the wines are moved from one place to another by
gravitation "... all the details are
attended to the made-to-measure temperature-controlled stainless
steel vats to the underground
cask storage cellar underneath a
water tank for natural temperature control."
It's the goal to be CO2 neutral and independant
of energi from sources out site the domain: There
is an effluant treatment process to return clean water to the
invironment. The whole estate will be selfsufficient in terms of
power in a few years time. It's
expected that this will become a reality from 2015.
Work in the vineyards
are done with horses where possible. An electric tractor has
been tried but it' was not a possibility with the soil at the
Scamandre cooperates with Agroforesterie,
an organisation working for a new
agricultural practice where planting of trees is an
integrated part of all crops - also vineyards - to improve the
biodiversity: "The autumn 2009 plantations in the middle of our
vineyards will now be able to attract pest predator insects and
provide them with reproduction grounds. The result? Less spraying and
more naturally grown vine-plants".