Aubais is a medieval village located between Montpellier and Nimes in France’s Languedoc region. Back when the villagers spoke Provençal, they were proud to say that they were from Aubais itself, ‘d’Aubaï méma’, rather than simply the general area. In 2002 winemaker Mark Haynes adopted the expression for his new Domaine – Aubai Mema.
The winery is housed in the grand and imposing old wine cooperative which was built in 1936 – refurbished it is now a local social hub as well as a modern winery.
|The aim of winemaker and owner of Domaine Aubai Mema, Mark Haynes, is to create real ‘vins de terroir’ that explore what each grape variety can express in terms of fruit imprinted with the character of their surroundings, a terroir of limestone and clay-based on rock formations dating back 93 million years. Shielded from the worst of the weather by wooded hills and garrigue, the 50-year-old Carignan and Grenache vines, and more recently planted Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier, have been cultivated organically from the outset. From 2018 the estate is certified biodynamic.