La Colombière


La Colombiére is a family owned organic / biodynamic winery that rediscovered the rare Bousselet grape, and has spearheaded its revival.

For further  information on Bouysselet, see our article)


The winery and vines date back to by to 1970 before being bought in 1984 by François de Driésen who then focused on the local Négrette grape variety.
2006 : François’ youngest daughter Diane, and her husband Philippe Cauvin took over, obtained  organic certification and started practicing biodynamic.
2009 : Philippe and Diane discover 60 pre-phylloxera vines of the forgotten Bouysselet blanc grape in Villaudric, grafting these on to 230 of their own root stock in 2010.
2015 : the domain receives biodynamic certifications “Demeter” and “Biodyvin
2017 : a second plot of Bouysselet is grafted as other producers in the region express interest in working with the grape.
2019 : focus on wine tourism with a renovated tasting / function room and “Slow Tourism” with on-site accommodation (Gîte) and obtain the ““Vignobles & Découvertes” certification for wine tourism and heritage
2021 : Négret Punjut, a local black grape variety is planted.


La Colombière’s wines are based on either Bouysselet (whites) or Négrette (reds)

  • Le Grand B.  :  the original 100% Bouysselet release. Fermented and aged for 24 months in 400l oak barrels.
  • Solaire  :  oxidative 100% Bouysselet from a single barrel solera started in 2014
  • A Fleur de Peau  :  an orange wine from 100% Bouysselet with 15 days skin maceration.
  • Les Jacquaires  :  a blend of Bouysselet, Chenin Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc
  • Les Frontons Flinguers :  100% Négrette
  • Les Frontons Flinguers :  100% Négrette – easy drinking, yet gastronomic to please everyone.
  • Vinum  :  Négrette / Gamay blend – light & refreshing
  • Bellouguet  :  a blend of Négrette with 40% Cab. Franc and 10% Cab. Sauv. aged for 3 years in 30hl foudres. (“Bellouguet” means “lovely little place” in the local Occitan dialect)
  • Coste Route  :  Négrette from a single parcel of 50 year old vines. Aged in concrete and 30hl foudre for 12 months
  • Bande de Caves  :  a blend of Négrette, Malbec + Syrah from Roussillon & Minervois aged in concrete and 30hl foudre
  • Colombulle : Pétillant Naturel rosé from 100% Négrette
  • Bande de Brutes  :  Brut Nature from Bouysselet + Chardonnay from Minervois

Producer Info

Winery: La Colombière
Established: 1970 (origins) / 1984 (current family)
Winemaker: Diane & Philippe Cauvin
Hectares: 15-17
Vine age: dating back to 1970


Bouysselet, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Malbec, Négrette, Négret Punjut, Syrah
Philosophy: Respect for the grapes from vineyard to the cellar.
Viticulture: Certified Organic & Biodynamic
Vinification: Minimal intervention. Indigenous yeast fermentation.
Visits: Possible with prior appointment. Dedicated tasting room.
Address: 190 route de Vacquiers, D63D, 31620 Villaudric